By Ed Brock
Even with his body wracked by extreme mange and heart worms, Mercy the dog wagged his tail when Donna Little first met him.
Little, a volunteer for the Clayton County Humane Society, said her first thought when she saw Mercy on Monday was to get him out of the Clayton County Animal Control so he could be put down more humanely.
"Then I decided I'd give him a shot," Little said.
Little posted Mercy's case on the Internet and was inundated with e-mails from people who want to help. Now Mercy has received just that as the Lifeline Animal Program of Atlanta has adopted him and brought him to their veterinarian in DeKalb County.
"I just got a call from the vet's office saying they think he's going to be fine, but it's going to take a lot of care," Little said.
Lifeline Animal Project President Rebecca Guinn said she was contacted personally by people wanting her to help Mercy, and she also said he needs a lot of that help.
"Mercy has probably the worst case of demodectic mange anybody would want to see," Guinn said. "It looks like the dog had just been tied out somewhere and forgotten."
Mercy was found wandering on North Lake Drive in Jonesboro, Little said, and authorities don't know who his owner is.
Just taking care of Mercy's heart worms could cost around $300, Little said. So Guinn's group is asking for donations to be made for Mercy's care.
To make a donation, go to www.atlantapets.org and pay through Pay Pal (include Mercy's name in the notes section) or send the donation to Lifeline Animal Project, P.O. Box 15466,Atlanta, GA 30333.
Mercy will also be up for adoption after his recovery.