Shari Baillargeon saw a photo of a very sick husky online and it made her cry. The poor dog was covered in sores and had raw skin and missing fur and just looked like he was miserable. The dog was in a shelter in Chickamauga, Georgia and Shari couldn’t stop thinking about him and crying about him for days. She knew she could help him if she could just find a way to get to him. The husky, whose name was Wally, was found wandering in neighborhoods throughout Georgia searching for water, food, and shelter. People began to contact the local animal control because he was so mangy and was often on front porches. So, the people kept calling animal control to pick him up.
With some help from MUSH Rescue, Shari was able to rescue Wally from the shelter. He was in terrible condition: he was very thin and had a large mass growing on his side. He also had demodex mange which is a very contagious skin condition that is caused by mites that burrow into a dog’s skin. Wally also had heartworm and infected eyes, ears, and bladder. Though the odds were stacked against him, Wally was a fighter. Shari got him veterinary treatment and took him home to heal—and that’s just what he did.
Wally is very attached to Shari and he loves attention and affection, even though she has eight other foster dogs in her home. Shari says Wally is very sweet and calm and loves people, including Shari’s granddaughter. Despite all he has been through, Wally is still loving and calm and loves people. Wally is healed of most of his health problems, but he is still battling heartworm and the mass on his side is now a tumor that is pressing on his stomach. Doctors believe it is not cancer, but he does need surgery to have it removed.