A tiny puppy has suffered horrific injuries after being deliberately coated in red hot boiling tar.
Distressing pictures show the dog coated in a thick black substance, which is thought to have been taken from a nearby building site.
It stuck to the dog’s fur and skin, causing him extreme pain and preventing him from being able to walk.
The tar also created toxic fumes which the puppy then breathed in, causing damage to his lungs and led to him developing pneumonia.
Vets believe the dog, which appears to be a mixed breed, was a stray because he was also found in a severe state of malnutritionHe was discovered in Romania last month and is currently being looked after at a clinic there. Staff at the Mayflower Animal Sanctuary in Doncaster are assisting with the dog’s recovery and hope to raise enough money to bring him over to the UK once he is back to full health.
The dog – who has not been named – is being bathed with special lubricants to remove the sticky tar without damaging his skin any further and continues to be treated for pneumonia.
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Mayflower has started a fundraiser to pay for the animal’s medical care and his transportation between Romania and the UK, where it is hoped he will be able to be re-homed.
A Mayflower spokesman said: ‘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.’
The spokesman added: ‘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.’
Mayflower Animal Sanctuary has already raised more than £3,000 for the puppy. It is hoped the dog will be in his UK forever home by the end of the month.
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