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5-year-old dog named Layla in need of life-saving heartworm treatment

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Posted at 11:20 AM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 11:23:05-05

LAKE COUNTY, Ohio — A 5-year-old dog named Layla, who was found neglected and extremely underweight, needs heartworm treatment in order to have a second chance at life, according to the Lake Humane Society.

Initial testing revealed she was heartworm positive and if not treated, her diagnosis would be fatal.

Her treatment, which will cost around $1,500, includes weekly injections to slowly break down the worms in her heart and additional lab work to monitor her recovery.

A veterinarian at the Lake Humane Society said she will need 6-8 weeks of crate rest. But for now, she is enjoying a high-calorie diet to increase her weight.

"Layla has captivated the volunteers and staff at Lake Humane Society with her infectious smile and sweet personality. Despite her neglectful past, this dog only has love to give. She deserves a second chance at life. Lake Humane Society is a non-profit organization and relies on donations from the community to provide medical care to animals like Layla," the human society said in a news release.

To help with the cost, the Lake Humane Society has set up a fundraiser so she can get the lifesaving care she needs.

Mailed checks are also accepted:

Lake Humane Society
ATTN: Layla’s Angel Fund
7564 Tyler Blvd. Building E
Mentor, OH 44060