Owner Surrenders Dog to Save Its Life

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When Caylie, a 2-year-old Wheaten-terrier mix, arrived at North Carolina’s Iredell County Animal Control Services, she had burns over half of her body. The dog’s owner surrendered the pet after he tried to cure Caylie from mange but failed.

Caylie recovering from her wounds
Caylie recovering from her wounds

The dog’s original owner believed that pouring motor oil on the canine would cure her mange, but unfortunately this made the dog’s condition worse. Recognizing he could no longer care for his own pet and cure the injuries, the dog owner reached out to animal professionals.

S.A.F.E. Animal Haven rescued Caylie from the shelter and has been covering the pet’s medical costs. Michelle Terninko is currently fostering the injured dog and says that even though Caylie is in extreme pain and has suffered enough, the dog has a great disposition, and will make an excellent family pet once she is 100% healthy.

Tracy Jackson, acting director of Iredell County Animal Control Services, said Caylie’s original owner called them for help after the dog’s motor oil burns where out of control. Because the owner’s actions were not done with malicious intent, he will not face criminal charges.


“Based on North Carolina law, this was not animal cruelty because in our estimation it wasn’t malicious and wasn’t intentional,” Jackson told KHOU.

Caylie is receiving the best care possibly. She has to be sedated three times a week to change her bandages, but the rescue organization believes the pet will make a full recovery and will be placed for adoption once cured.

“You would never know that she was abused,” said Terninko. “[Caylie] loves to have me hold her paws. She licks. She gives kisses. It’s going to be a long road for her. Down the road she’s going to be a great family member for somebody.”


0 thoughts on “Owner Surrenders Dog to Save Its Life”

  1. No, I don’t believe it was animal cruelty either. I just wish people had access to requirements of responsible pet ownership – this guy didn’t know what to do and probably didn’t have enough money to do it even if he knew.

    • It’s an old wive’s tale, Google it. When I was a small kid lots of people treated mange with burnt (used) motor oil. Maybe he was doing the best he could with limited resources. Yes, it didn’t turn out to be the best thing but he was trying to do right by his dog.

  2. Yeah, there are a lot of “country folk” that still believe the motor oil “cure” for mange….

    How about we complain about some of the advertising on this page today… bullies looking “ripped”, tightly cropped ears,collars with spikes….. Really??? Is the fighting dog image something Life With Dogs wants to endorse?

  3. For all those who are being so hard on the man in this story, please remember that grace and mercy have probably been extended to you more than once in your life. Please reconsider your harshness. It was an unfortunate accident or situation. It seems to me that if he had meant harm or evil, he would not have sought the best assistane he was capable of.

  4. Well, the “ripped pittie” advertising has gone…

    Thank you.

    Yes I still hear people suggest the motor oil cure.simply because they do not know any better.
    People still dip dogs in harsh chemicals for fleas and ticks too,..
    As far as how the dog contracted mange? It can be inherited….a dog’s immune system could compromised for a myriad of reasons..but to say he should never own a dog? Geesh!
    How about educating instead of judging?

  5. In the 1940s a local vet used to refer the mange cases he could not cure to my father. Dad kept the dogs for a few weeks and dipped them in a solution which had a used motor oil base. The vet said he could not legally use my Dad’s concoction but he had seen proof that it worked many times and could not with a clear conscience tell the owners that their dog was beyond help.

    Dad always treated the dogs for free, only requested that the owners bring bedding which could be thrown away and plenty of dog food. He loved animals, especially dogs, and it broke his heart to see them suffering with mange. His dip vat originally was started for one of his own dogs, and then for a friend’s hunting dog that the vet was going to put down.

    I do not recall all of the ingredients but I remember the yellow powdered sulfur, and carbolic acid, but there were many more. By the 1960s, some of the ingredients had become controlled substances so he could not make it any longer. It was composed originally by my grandfather, then modified by my dad.

    One owner would not let Dad dip his dog until he put some of the concoction on a small open sore on his own arm. He said it was soothing and didn’t burn as he had expected it to. Dad cured the dog’s mange and the owner was so grateful that when he saw his dog with beautiful hair starting to grow back, he cried. I think over the years Dad probably treated and cured a dozen or two.

    The vet tried several times to get Dad to work with a chemist from the University of Florida, which was about an hour away, to find exactly what in the formula was producing the dramatic results. Dad worked hard as a foreman on a ranch and didn’t have the time nor the money to get involved in the process but gave the vet the list of ingredients and the amounts. I don’t know if the vet ever did anything with that information or not.


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