Plea for funds to help dog with massive maggot-infested wound on head

Plea for funds to help dog with massive maggot-infested wound on head

SINGAPORE - A Singapore woman has posted a Facebook plea appealing for donations to help a dog with its skull almost exposed by a maggot-infested wound.

The album post, which went up this morning, includes pictures of the dog with the skin on the top of its head eaten away, leaving the flesh underneath exposed.

Facebook user Keller Yang, who sent out the plea, said she was informed of the dog and its condition last Monday, and set out in search of the dog with a team of helpers.

The dog was found on Oct 16 with the massive wound spanning most of its head. She wrote that she believes the dog, named Hua Hua, has been living with the wound for at least three weeks.

Hua Hua, also known as Apollo, was successfully trapped and caught on Oct 19 and rushed to a vet for emergency attention.

"His condition has deteriorated really badly as maggots had eaten away his skull, his flesh and may have affected the vision in his right eye. There were also two other maggots wounds on his scrotum area. The festering of dead tissue was so bad that you could smell from six feet away. He had just undergone surgery to remove the dead tissue and remaining burrowing maggots," Keller wrote.

Hua Hua has been placed under the vet's care and a group of volunteers are monitoring his condition closely, she said.

The estimated treatment cost for the dog in the immediate weeks is around $4,000, Keller added.

"We could really use some help. If it is in the form of donations, monies would have to be transferred to us as the clinic do not accept direct donations for Apollo. We will account for the donations clearly and will also post up receipts," she said in the Facebook post, which includes details on how donations can be made.

Those interested in making a donation or helping out can refer to the post at this link.

yamadak@sph.com.sg

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