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‘He is the Worst Case I’ve Ever Seen’

A Waterford woman does her best to help a brutally neglected dog, Chance.

Sunday night, Waterford's Tiffany Fogg-Jones ran into “the worst case (she's) ever seen.”

Fogg-Jones, who is part of the rescue group Rotta Love Pits, an organization that helps rescue pit bulls and other dogs, got a call Sunday about a badly-neglected dog named Chance. Chance’s four-month-old body had so much mange on it, most of his skin was red.

“He looked like he was burnt,” she said.

Fogg-Jones, through “somebody who knows the owner,” got the animal Sunday night and took him to Pieper Memorial Animal Hospital in Middletown. He has since been moved to Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital in Berlin, where he is being treated for a severe case of mange.

The owner has signed over the rights to Rotta Love Pits. Details of what Southeastern Connecticut town Chance came from, the owner’s name and the owner’s relationship with the person who called Fogg-Jones, among others, were not released by Fogg-Jones per request of an animal control officer, who is investigating the incident.

“I’m hoping this article helps people understand the rescue world a little bit,” she said. “Because it is not easy. This is what we see. It is really difficult to see this and have people understand how important it is to take care of their animals. If you can’t take care of your animals, don’t get them.”

The Story

Sunday night, Fogg-Jones got a phone call from a person telling her about Chance. She went to pick him up, where the owner agreed to give up the dog to Rotta Love Pits.

Fogg-Jones took Chance to Pieper Memorial Animal Hospital for the night, and then moved him to Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital on Monday. Along with his severe mange, his legs are so badly swollen he can hardly walk and he needs to be hand-fed.

Chance will take six months to a year to be healed, and during that time he will be fostered by a veterinarian tech, Fogg-Jones said. Then, he will be up for adoption.

Fogg-Jones and eight other people started Rotta Love Pits eight months ago to help the animals they love, she said. She says she volunteers her time to rescue animals because she cares.

“I have a heart,” she said, when asked why she does it. “I’m their voice, they don’t have a voice.”

Fogg-Jones raised $1,000 in four hours Sunday night through Facebook for Chance, but his care will cost more than that. To donate money for Chance’s recovery, contact Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital at (860) 438-7597.

To learn more about Rotta Love Pits, click here to see their website.

Editor's Note: The article original stated that a veterinarian tech from Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital is fostering the dog. A veterinarian tech will be fostering the dog, but not one from Compassionate Care.

Tiffany Fogg-Jones March 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM
I need to clear up a couple of things on this article Chance will be fostered by a vet tech but not through Compassionate Care. And per MY request I am leaving the "ACO" out of this article so I can let "them" do there investigation
Edna Silva March 26, 2013 at 11:15 AM
This is so sad. People should not get pets if they don't plan to give them proper care. I am so glad you rescued Chance. I will call and donate today. Thank you for helping him.
Paul Petrone (Editor) March 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM
I'm told Chance has a Facebook page as well, if anybody wants to check it out: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Helping-Chance/553371624697065?ref=ts&fref=ts
CeCe Schell March 26, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Oh, poor sweet Chance. How could anyone allow him to get this way? Thank God for people like you who stick their neck out and get involved. His worst days are behind him. Please do another story about him when he is fully recovered and ready for his forever home. Thank you all for the good work you do. I will make a donation today.
David March 26, 2013 at 12:28 PM
What a face...he is adorable
Melissa March 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Tiffany I don't think people realize how much time and hard work you put in. You are doing a great job keep it up. They are very lucky to have you.
Stephanie March 26, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Please step up and make a contribution for Chance, or toward any other animal in need. There is ALWAYS another Chance out there, by another name....There will be more follow up visits at the vet, medicine etc to come Im sure... Every bit helps. 5, 10, 20, 50 all adds up. Food donations of unopened food items are always in need too. Contact anyone of them thru facebook or their page... They are the Angels for the animals in need... Bless you guys for all you do.
R Lee Balderdash March 26, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Vet bills have gone up at double the rate of inflation in the last 15 years. Mange isn't uncommon and doesn't necessarily indicate abuse or neglect. Some people might not be able to afford Veterinarian prices. Home remedies are numerous on the internet. I would try Turmeric in food and either Neem oil or powder externally.
Daniella Ruiz March 26, 2013 at 06:46 PM
basic care usually prevents this common mite problem. mother dogs hand off a common 'root' mange to their offspring naturally, but if the pups are healthy, the mites never multiply to dangerous numbers. often a dog/animal must be compromised, by lack of food or nutrition, develop an immune disorder that causes natural defenses to falter or have a DNA mishap from the get-go. even simple bathing with ordinary shampoos will ease the number of mites that lodge in the hair follicles, allowing natural defense's to work. the deeper variety of mange, actually embeds into the skin and requires medication and often diet supplements. surprisingly, its not contagious. people must know this before they take on a pet, a farm animal or even a child. these animals are living beings.
Stephanie March 26, 2013 at 10:49 PM
It is neglect if one closes their eyes and doesnt seek treatment for such an easy cure.... It is very painful when it has reached this chronic state of inflamation.
Mark D. Wiggins March 27, 2013 at 03:43 PM
That makes me sick to my stomach. I have 2 Pitts and they are the most loving dogs I have ever had. I have zero tolerance for issues like this. Paul, not everyone does FB, can you post an address people can mail a donation to?
R Lee Balderdash March 31, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Much worse: http://www.dogsbite.org/
Stephanie March 31, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Thank you R Lee... I looked at their site. Funny how there is no place to comment on it. While I feel for those who have been attacked, again they blame the breed and not the individual dog, who raised it, or who antogonized it to attack... Sad... Maybe their fb page will allow me to tell them to go FOff!...
Stephanie March 31, 2013 at 03:19 PM
This is a link in PROTEST to the dog bit org... https://www.facebook.com/DogbitesorgBites?fref=ts I couldnt find one yet to those who organize against our beloved pets...
Elissa Bass April 09, 2013 at 06:58 AM
dogbites.org is a discredited website - just because you name yourself .org does not make you reliable. You know what they say about statistics, right? http://legal.pblnn.com/pro-bsl-experts/dogbiteorg/116-dogsbiteorg-dogbite-qstatisticsq-the-fox-guarding-the-henhouse
Melissa Eichelberg April 13, 2013 at 10:45 AM
this is not the true story? i rescued chance where i heard of his condition, i even was almost charged with his neglect as his last owner for saving him! until i revealed the info and home where chance was neglected! i named chance? i brought the pup to tiffany so she could check him into the vet with the money we raised on facebook! after i bathed chance, hand fed him, cuddled and kept him comfortable until there were enough funds raised and tiffany gave me the ok to bring him over and she would drinve him to vet with donations! including mine...a little upsetting to hear the story so different especially when the details are missing that i almost was charged for this pup after acting out of my heart and sadness for a sight i've never seen!
Melissa Eichelberg April 13, 2013 at 10:45 AM
this is not the true story? i rescued chance where i heard of his condition, i even was almost charged with his neglect as his last owner for saving him! until i revealed the info and home where chance was neglected! i named chance? i brought the pup to tiffany so she could check him into the vet with the money we raised on facebook! after i bathed chance, hand fed him, cuddled and kept him comfortable until there were enough funds raised and tiffany gave me the ok to bring him over and she would drinve him to vet with donations! including mine...a little upsetting to hear the story so different especially when the details are missing that i almost was charged for this pup after acting out of my heart and sadness for a sight i've never seen!

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