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Dogs Kept on Broiling Tarred Rooftop on Hottest Day of Summer

How can people be so incredibly cruel? At Associated Humane Societies, we ask ourselves this question every day. But in some cases, there are just no words to describe the feelings we have when we encounter situations like this one.

On Friday, July 22nd, our AHS- Newark branch received a call about two dogs in severe distress on a roof of a Newark residence. When our officers arrived, they found a pit bull and a Yorkie, frantically "dancing" on the roof in an attempt to stop their feet from burning. This was a flat, tar roof and with the temperature being 96 degrees, the tar was bubbling, boiling, and burning these helpless dogs.

The Yorkie continuously ran to the edge of the roof to try to find an area that would not burn her further while the pit bull, covered in hot tar, had nearly given up hope. No one was at home at the residence and while there were trays of chicken legs and rice on the roof, there was not a drop of water in sight. Feces covered the roof as well so apparently, this is where these poor dogs live.

Our officers carefully removed the overheated and distraught pair and brought them directly to an emergency veterinary hospital. The dogs are severely burned and their condition is guarded at this point. They will stay in the hospital until their condition improves and we are very hopeful for their recovery, but are unsure of the extent of their injuries right now. We will be in touch with the veterinarians there and hope to have an update on the pair soon.

We need your help, the help of our kind and compassionate supporters, with a few things. First, we have had an extraordinary amount of cruelty cases come in to our three Associated Humane Societies facilities over the last several weeks. The animals from the various hoarding cases that we have taken in, many of which have medical conditions, the seven Korean mastiffs that just arrived, all needing eye surgeries and treatment for demodex mange, and so many other special needs cases have stretched our Res-Q Fund to the breaking point. Please consider making a donation to our fund which enables us to treat the many, many animals that come to us in dire need of help. You can also text your donation: HumaneHelp to 41444.

Secondly, please speak up when you see an animal suffering. These two dogs are alive today because someone saw them and decided to make a call instead of ignoring the situation and figuring someone else will deal with it. Animals cannot speak for themselves. Please get involved. Call your local police if you see something like this and please, do not ignore it.

And third, please keep these two in your thoughts and prayers. These dogs were found at 5 pm on one of the hottest days of the year. They spent the day in scorching temperatures with no water, with their bodies being burned by hot tar. We cannot imagine the pain that they endured and hope that no animal will have to suffer like this again. Thank you for your support and we will update again soon.

Check out our latest update on these dogs.


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