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Dear Prudence: Who did this to you?
The Surrey Animal Resource Centre is caring for a Doberman puppy found in "horrific condition" and is seeking information about what happened to the dog.
The female, likely around five months of age, was dropped off anonymously at a North Surrey veterinary clinic on Friday afternoon.
The brown-and-black pup was starving, emaciated and suffering from a serious case of demodectic mange – a mite infestation.
She also weighed in at just 28 pounds, when the average Doberman of her age would weigh 40 pounds, said Kim Marosevich, the animal care and control manager at the centre.
Marosevich said the dog was in "horrific condition" and it would take "months and months" for her to deteriorate to such a degree. She is appealing to the public for information about where the dog came from.
"We would like to ask the community if someone, somewhere has seen her before," Marosevich said, noting the dog's ears have been clipped, so she has been to a vet at some point.
Any information about who might be responsible will be forwarded to the BCSPCA, which deals with cases of animal cruelty, said Marosevich.
Despite her condition, the puppy – who the animal centre's staff have named Prudence, after The Beatles' song Dear Prudence – has a sweet temperament.
"In spite of barely being able to stand up when we first received her, she is happy and friendly to all and wants nothing more than good food and a warm soft bed to cuddle in," said Marosevich.
She said the pup will recover but will need months of medical treatment before she is able to be adopted into her forever home.
If you know anything about Prudence, you are asked to call Kim Marosevich at 604-574-6628