A dog that fell down a tar pit was saved by a pack of strays who didn’t stop barking until some humans arrived.
Some children heard the cries and discovered the helpless dog, sparking a nine-hour rescue mission to save her.It’s believed the dog, who was named Aloe, either fell or was thrown into the tar pit in Merlo, a suburb of Buenos Aires.
Her rescuers put an alert out on social media to find anyone to help the dog, who could not even raise her head under the weight of the tar.
Animal rights group Proyecto 4 Patas answered the call. A spokeswoman said: ‘The scene was harrowing. Aloe was literally petrified and stuck to the ground.
‘One hundred percent of her body was hardened – ears, mouth everything.
‘We were shocked. We had never witnessed an animal in this condition but we focused on the task – using our love and will to free the dog from that nightmare as soon as possible.’
The team gave her first aid using cooking oil to get as much tar off as possible.
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She was then loaded into a van and taken to the group’s headquarters.
The spokeswoman added: ‘We already knew the proper procedure and it was going to take many hours of restless, exhausting work during that night.
‘We called some volunteers, organised teams and bought litres and litres of oil.
‘For nine hours non-stop we cleaned the tar from her body.
‘Each layer we could clean brought us closer to discovering her real appearance. We were excited.’
The clean-up involved eight volunteers working through the night using 50 litres of oil and three baths of detergent.
Aloe is now healthy and safe and love ‘eating everything’.
The spokeswoman continued: ‘All she wants is to give love and receive it. Everyone here is just crazy about her.
‘Right now we are focusing on getting her healthy, she is really thin. Eventually, we will be looking for her forever family.’