Residents contacted the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office and Friends of Campbell County, Tennessee Animals (“FCCA”) – a nonprofit rescue organization – for assistance with a young puppy that was hit by a car. When the deputies, and Patricia Simpson and Michelle White with FCCA arrived on the scene, they were completely unprepared for what they saw.
Surrounded by several local residents, two sheriff’s deputies and the FCCA board members, Simpson and White, the 3-and-a-half-month-old puppy – since named Scarlet – had collapsed in a dirt and grass area against an abandoned building. As it turns out, Scarlet was not hit by a car – although it is understandable why one would think a car had struck her. Every single inch of her tiny body was oozing with infection. So bad is Scarlet’s mange, Simpson said that her “rotten skin [was] literally coming off at a touch….” In addition to her skin malady – which could have easily and cheaply been taken care of – Scarlet was so weak that she couldn’t even lift her head. (WARNING: Graphic photos and video, which some viewers may find objectionable. Proceed with extreme caution.)
The utter shock of her condition left everyone at a loss of what to do next. There was one of two ways FCCA could have proceeded: They could end her suffering by euthanizing her, or they could go with hope and give this precious girl a chance at a good life and experience the love she deserves. For Simpson and White, it was a no-brainer. They opted for the latter.
Very gently, Simpson and White lifted Scarlet off of the dirt and grass where she lay and rushed her to the vet, where she was placed in its critical care unit so her condition could be closely monitored. She is currently on pain meds and antibiotics.
Simpson was happy to report that Scarlet made it through the night and ate this morning. Simpson also reports that:
“She has an amazing constitution and fights like none I have ever seen. Today she was eager to come to my voice and bump noses. I am in awe of her innocence and willingness to embrace humans when her medical situation is so dire and obviously a result of human negligence and/or abuse. She continues to humble me.”
True. At such a very young age, Scarlet has definitely suffered more than many do in a lifetime. FCCA’s decision to give Scarlet a chance at life comes at a high cost, financially. Donations are needed to help with the vet care Scarlet desperately needs. Anyone interested in donating towards Scarlet’s vet care is asked to make a tax deductible donation in one of the following ways:
- Through the YouCaring fundraiser link.
- By visiting their website, clicking on the “Donate” link, and notating that your donation is for Scarlet.
- By PayPal to email@example.com.
- By sending a check to Friends of Campbell County, Tennessee Animals (“FCCA”), P.O. Box 221, Jacksboro, TN 37757, or to the vet at Animal Hospital of Campbell County, 2301 Jacksboro Pike, Suite 1, LaFollette, TN 37766. (Make sure you notate that your donation is for Scarlet.)
- By calling in your credit card number to the vet at (423) 566-8387. (Again, notate that your donation is for Scarlet.)
- By calling in you credit card number to FCCA’s board member, Michelle White, at (248) 396-2888.
No amount will be too small. Even change found between your seat cushions will do. If you have nothing to spare, Simpson says prayers and well-wishes are welcome.
For updates on Scarlet, visit FCCA’s Facebook page.
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