Saving Leo’s Life

(Photo by Erin Rogers | TXK Today)

Thanks to the “dog alarm” from Melinda Dixon’s pets at her home in Genoa, Arkansas, she found Leo.  What she thought was an old matted rug that blew up in her bushes, was actually an emaciated black retriever covered in scabs, oozing open sores, and swollen body parts 3 times their normal size, shaking and completely covered in Demodex Mange.

Leo the day he was found by Melinda Dixon a week ago.

With the help of the ladies from Three Chicks Feed, Seed, and Cafe and some friends, Leo was taken to the veterinarian to be cared for.

Leo should weigh 85 lbs at his age of 1 year but is currently 25 lbs underweight.  The type of mange that Leo has presents itself in an abnormal pattern where the hair falls out and skin breaks out on his face, legs, and torso.  The genetic disease presents itself when the animal is under high stress.  Having been left outside freezing, starved, and neglected, Dixon undoubtedly saved Leo’s life.  

Melinda DIxon and her friend helped save Leo and bring him to Dr. Kemp
(Photo by Erin Rogers | TXK Today)

Thanks to Dr. Kemp at the Care Pet Clinic in Texarkana, Arkansas at 1600 Arkansas Blvd, Suite 200, Leo has already gained a pound due in a week to the efforts of their friendly staff.


“We could smell him as soon as he came through the door,” said Dr. Kemp

Dr. Kemp gives Leo some TLC
(Photo by Erin Rogers | TXK Today)

He is currently prescribed weekly antifungal baths to kill mites, down from 4 times a week, two antibiotics, in addition to many treats and lots of love, having to eat smaller amounts of food every few hours due to being malnourished.


Dr. Kemp was able to contact The Texarkana Animal Shelter to retrieve information from his microchip.  They were able to detect that Leo was once loved, having gone on walks with his previous owner who now has relinquished their rights.  Those involved have emphasized that pets are a lifetime commitment and a serious responsibility.

(Photo by Erin Rogers | TXK Today)

Due to the attachment and bond Dr. Kemp has built with Leo, she will have a definitive say in where Leo will go to his forever home.  He is already neutered, heartworm negative, great with other animals and will be ready for a new home in a few months.  If you are interested in donating to his medical expenses or in adopting Leo, please contact Dr. Kemp at  (870) 330-4740


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