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GRAPHIC: “It’s the worst case of mange I’ve ever seen”

OKLAHOMA CITY - This story of animal neglect may make your stomach turn.

A veterinarian with the Central Oklahoma Humane Society is currently treating a life-threatening case of mange.

Dr. Beth Ruby is nursing a dog named Cora back to health.

She's got red mange so bad they don't even know what breed of dog she is.

"I think that will be easier to tell as she continues to improve," Ruby said.

Red mange is also known as Demodex mange, a parasitic skin infection.

Left untreated, mange leads to swelling, pain and, in very rare cases, even death.

"It's not easy to die of mange," Ruby said. "But, under certain conditions such as hers, you could. We couldn't get her to stand up last week."

Cora came into the Central Oklahoma Humane Society late last week.

The mange attacked her immune system, causing the infection to spiral out of control.

Ruby is also treating bite wounds from other predators who spotted an easy kill.

"This is when you wish they could talk, but I don't know if I'd want to hear the story."

Antibiotics, regular baths and pain medication are keeping the mange in check.

The prognosis is good for Cora.

It will be two to three months before she is fully recovered and ready for adoption.

The Central Oklahoma Humane Society hopes to find a forever home for Cora once she is well.

"I estimate she's about 10 months old. I don't think she's going to get a whole lot bigger," Ruby said.

Cora's treatment is financed through Rita's Angel Fund, which is a special program for animals who need medical intervention in order to be healthy enough for adoption.