WALKER COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A four-month-old puppy is recovering after receiving chemical burns, thanks to a Walker County, Alabama animal rescue.
Rescuers United for Furbabies, or RUFF, says someone burned the young dog intentionally.
“We don’t know what may have been used,” said Marsha Miller with RUFF. “We don’t know if it was boiling water, grease, some kind of chemical, but this was a very, very deliberate action to this puppy.”
The dog, now named Lazarus, has been with a foster family with the rescue organization for several weeks, after his previous owners surrendered him following the burn.
“He was really really quiet and shy at first. Didn’t want to play with other dogs. Now that he’s with us, he’s a totally different dog,” said Steve Windham, a veterinary technician at the Animal Hospital of Walker County, where RUFF runs rescue operations.
Because it’s so difficult to identify and gather proof in animal cruelty cases like this one, no charges have been filed. However, Miller says that Lazarus is on the road to recovery.
“This baby will get the fairy tale. His little life has been not so great up until now, but blue skies from this point forward,” she said.
Lazarus will soon go to a rescue in Wisconsin, where he will be permanently adopted by a family.