EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — She had a nasty case of mange and knew exactly where to go to get some help. This stray puppy took herself straight to her local fire station.
What would have been a normal day for the firemen at the East Cleveland Fire Department became the day when Sistine, a stray Pit Bull mix, would come into their lives. She wandered into the station on Tuesday morning and she was suffering.
“She followed one of our firefighters around for a couple hours,” East Cleveland Fire Dept. Lt. Mike Celiga told WKYC.
“She wouldn’t leave, so they took her in.”
Sistine had a terrible case of mange, thickened skin and was covered in infection.She was clearly in poor health. Luckily for her, the firemen knew exactly what to do as this wasn’t their first time dealing with a stray dog in their station.
“Unfortunately no tags, no license, no collars,” said Celiga. “Sometimes they have a rope tied around their neck. It’s actually kind of sad, but it’s how it is.”
After the firemen contacted the Crossroads Animal Hospital, Sistine was picked up and brought into the care of Dr. Kim Cooper. The hospital describes Sistine as a very sweet 5-month-old pup who has a lot of love to give. Her prognosis is very good.
“You see the dog that’s there, you want to say “eww, gross” and judge, but underneath all that is just this sweet beast and a sweet animal that deserves love and care and it’s just hard to understand how she could’ve gotten this way,” said Crossroads Animal Shelter veterinarian Samantha Siclair.
Once Sistine is healthy enough, Muttley Crue Rescue will take her and introduce her to a foster family where she will learn to live with people who love her very much.
Celiga believes Sistine is a smart dog who has a bright future.
“It was a pretty smart move on her part but she is desperate, her poor feet are swollen, she’s got open wounds on her head. Just a little bit of love will help her tremendously.”