When one four-month-old stray puppy accidentally fell in a pit of wet tar, he did everything to get out but was hopelessly trapped in the thick black goo that quickly hardened around his body.
The pup had no choice but to wait out his death, but thankfully a good samaritan named Mike Frazier walked by and spotted the terrified animal before it was too late. Frazier immediately called FLY Animal Rescue, and a team of rescuers from the local rescue center rushed to the scene.
“He was embedded in tar, it was up under the center of that tar tank,” said Frazier. “And it was caked in tar about 2 to 3 inches thick.” The rescuers managed to pry the puppy, who they’ve named Warrior, out of the tar and began the painstaking process of removing the tar.
The group brought Warrior to the Animal Medical Center and sedated him so they could start cutting out the larger chunks of hardened tar, shaving as much fur as possible, and then gave him a soap bath to wash off any tar that hadn’t hardened yet. “It’s tedious, and we can only do it while he is sedated,” FLY Rescue said. “He will be mostly bald once it’s all removed.”
Despite the shocking way the team found Warrior, he has undergone an incredible transformation in just a few days and is free from about 99% of the tar. Warrior is now recuperating with his foster family, but once he is fully healed, FLY Rescue hopes to find him a forever home.
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[Featured image: FLY Animal Rescue]