When Kristina Rinaldi from the Detroit Dog Rescue (DDR) arrived to pick up six puppies she could not believe what she was seeing.

“When I say that these puppies were literally on fire, they were on fire,” Rinaldi explained. “They were just burning up. They had high temperatures.”

But high temperatures were not the only crippling condition the puppies were battling. They also had severe mange, so much so their skin was pink and hairless with painful sores all over it.

Detroit Dog Rescue

Detroit Dog Rescue

“I’ve seen a lot of mange cases in my dog rescue career, but this was the worst mange I had ever seen,” Rinaldi said. “Their lymph nodes were swollen. Their eyes were swollen shut. Their skin was peeling off.”

These six puppies ended up on Rinaldi’s care back in November 2015 after they were found in an abandoned house in Detroit, Michigan.