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Severely Neglected Puppy Getting Boost From Community

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) - Support has been pouring in from across the country for a Laurel County puppy that was found near death. 

Suffering from demodectic mange, intestinal parasites, dehydration, and running a fever of more than 103 degrees, 6 month old Daphne, a hound mix, was rushed to Advanced Animal Care in Richmond late Friday night.

"I have never seen a dog in that condition. I've never seen anything like that, " said Shannon Stamper, the woman who helped rescue the puppy.

Stamper, who has been helping rescue animals for years, took on the risk of racking up thousands of dollars in vet bills to try and save Daphne's life.

"She was laying in the road when the lady found her, " Stamper said.

Daphne is on 5 medications and has been getting fluids intravenously. Workers at the clinic say it is the second worst case of neglect they have ever seen.

"Demodectic mange is from breaking down of the immune system. They got it, they threw it outside, and when it got sick they didn't do anything, " said Stamper.

Stamper said the people who owned Daphne have another dog who is in not quite as bad of shape, but she fears it is only a matter of time. She contacted state police and Laurel County animal control, but Stamper said they could not remove the dog from their custody.

As Daphne continues to fight, donations have been pouring in to a Go Fund Me page and to the clinic to help with the bill. More than a dozen people from various states saw Daphne's story on social media and have made donations.

If you want to learn more about Daphne, or if you would like to donate money toward her vet expenses visit: https://www.gofundme.com/2b89vmk

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