Petsecure is offering $1,500 in matching donations to help provide urgent care for Sturgeon, a six-year-old German Shepherd who was surrendered to the BC SPCA in Maple Ridge after a cruelty complaint.
“The attending veterinarian said Sturgeon had been suffering from long-term neglect,” says Krista Shaw, manager of the Maple Ridge SPCA. “He was infested with fleas, and likely had a food allergy that caused his skin to be raw and irritated.”
Shaw says that his skin is so badly infected that Sturgeon will require daily baths for the next two weeks to heal and recover.
In addition to having ear mites and a skin rash, Sturgeon also has a large growth on his face. Tests were conducted to rule out cancer, however he will require surgery to remove the mass once his other skin conditions have been treated successfully.
Sturgeon’s care and surgery will cost upwards of $2,000. When our friends at Petsecure learned about his heartbreaking story, the company generously offered to match donations up to $1,500 to help. This will help cover his treatments, surgery, and any medication and vaccinations he might require for a long and happy life.
“Given the painful skin condition and large growth on his neck you think he would be nervous and scared of new people but he is the opposite,” says Shaw. “He is loving and friendly. He has a long road to recovery but deserves a loving second chance at life.”