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Dog with thousands of ticks at high kill shelter: Volunteers hoping for rescue

The blood on Oscar is from the egregious tick infestation. Please help if you can.
The blood on Oscar is from the egregious tick infestation. Please help if you can.
Christina Mignon Pino

UPDATE: It didn't take long once the messages went out about Oscar. He has been rescued and is already doing better. He has been rescued by Big Dog Ranch; click here for his first update. Thank you everyone for sharing his story. If you would like to help with Oscar's care, please click here.

For over an hour on July 3rd, a volunteer working with the abandoned and stray dogs at the high kill Miami-Dade Animal Services, bathed and pulled nearly a thousand ticks off one by one. Oscar just sat there; thankful for the help, the kind words, and the gentle handling he received.

The blood on Oscar's paws, legs, face, and body is a result of the tick infestation.

At this time, it is imperative to find a rescue organization willing to care for Oscar. He has been diagnosed as Ehrlichia positive, which is a severe bacterial infection caused by ticks which involves the liver, spleen, and red blood cells resulting in extreme anemia.

A Facebook thread for updates and pledges to a reputable rescue organization can be followed by clicking here.

In celebration of our nation's independence, Miami-Dade County Animal Services is offering reduced pet adoption specials for the entire month of July during the "Red, White, and Woof Celebration" promotion:

Animal Services’ Red, White and Woof specials offer 50 percent off pet adoptions as well as waived fees for dogs over 35 lbs.* and cats over 4 months old at the shelter location, located at 7401 NW 74th Street, Miami, FL 33166. The special July rates will also apply at all Animal Services Community pet adoption events.

The July Red, White and Woof special adoptions fees at Animal Services can be identified by the color of the stars placed on the pets’ information cards as follows:

• Red – 50 percent off adoption fees
• White – Waived adoption fees for cats over 4 months old.
• Blue (Woof) – Waived adoption fees for dogs over 35 lbs. or over 5-years old.*

Pet adoptions include spaying/neutering, deworming, age appropriate vaccinations, and microchip.

*Adoption fees for dogs over 35 lbs. will continue to be waived until August 31, 2014. Adopters will be responsible for a $27 license fee.

Phone (305) 884-1101

Please share Oscar's emergency plight with your friends, family and coworkers. Although there is no age given, this beautiful dog is very young. A volunteer writes:

"He is just a baby, and he NEEDS OUT RIGHT AWAY ON SATURDAY when the shelter reopens. Oscar is at Miami Dade Animal Services, 7401 NW 74th Street in Miami. #MDAS is closed tomorrow due to the holiday, but will reopen SATURDAY at 10AM, and be open Saturday & Sunday from 10am-4pm. Please #saveOSCAR!! #a1624959 #mdas #urgent"

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