The tar caused the puppy to suffer burns and damage to his lungs as well.
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A tiny little puppy was found in a severe state of malnutrition in Romania after someone had covered it in hot tar on purpose. According to Doncaster Free Press, the tar had caused the pup to suffer burns to his skin as it stuck to his skin. Since the tar created toxic fumes, the pup breathed it in, which caused damage to his lungs as well. The little one was rescued and is now being cared for by the lovely staff at the Mayflower Animal Sanctuary in Doncaster.
The shelter has launched a fundraiser to take care of the pup's medical expenses. He needs to be bathed with special lubricants to remove the sticky tar without damaging his skin any further and continues to be treated for pneumonia. The fundraiser will also help in transporting the puppy to the UK from Romania, where he will hopefully find a forever home.
A spokesman said: “This stray puppy was extremely thin due to malnutrition was already having a hard life. In this instance boiling tar has been “deliberately” thrown at this puppy, we believe acquired from nearby building sites. The tar has stuck to his fur and skin and caused extreme pain and the inability to move."
"The boiling tar has created toxic fumes which he has breathed in and affected his tiny lungs. Similar to smoke inhalation, he has required treatment for pneumonia. He will require a lot of bathing with special lubricants to gently remove the tar without damaging his skin further. He will require continued treatment for pneumonia for a while, good food, and aftercare."
"We apologize should our photographs cause anyone distress but this is the reality of rescue and the sad reality of what can and does happen to dogs living on the streets. His treatment has started and he is responding well. We believe he will pull through and this sweet boy is still wagging his tail, despite the pain and the horrific cruelty he has endured.”
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Cover Image Source: Facebook/Mayflower Animal Shelter