When a California home owner discovered a cowering pup curled up on her porch, she knew that something was wrong. Sharon Bertozzi immediately called the City of Folsom Animal Services and explained that the animal was in such bad shape, she couldn’t even tell what kind of dog it was.
“She was hiding behind a ceramic vase right next to my front door for about 4 hours… My heart just ached for her,” Bertozzi wrote on Facebook.
Once officials arrived, they were able to examine the animal a little closer and were shocked at what they found.
“At first this was thought to be a old very sick dog,” the department wrote on Facebook, according to The Dodo. “Upon taking a better look, it is really a young coyote with a really bad case of mange … This one was taken because [she] was right by a front door to a house and was not wanting to leave.”
Nicknamed Princess, the young animal was taken into custody and treated for her severe case of mange that had caused her hair loss, skin irritation and a myriad of other problems. She was also suffering from severe dehydration.
Her health was so bad that the tiny animal was transferred to Gold Country Wildlife Rescue for further care. The staff explains that she was given a really good bath to treat her mange. After, she was able to eat a little more because of the relief.
Princess had a long road of recovery ahead of her there, but the rescue organization said once she was healed she would be able to be released back into the wild.
Her mange healed and she was moved to yet another facility, Sierra Wildlife Rescue. She quickly bonded with some other coyotes at the facility before she and her friends were released back into the wild on 800 acres of open roaming land.
We always love to see a brave pup make a recovery against all odds!