Last week at this time, a pit bull mix and a Yorkie were in the greatest despair of their lives. Ginger and Simon were left trapped outside on a tar roof on a 96 degree day in Newark, NJ. Read the full story here. There was no shade from the sun, no water to drink, nothing to relieve their misery. The tar heated and bubbled, and stuck to their bodies and burned them. We cannot imagine the panic they must have felt as they frantically danced around, trying to keep their feet off of the boiling tar. We are so thankful that finally, someone noticed the distressed pair and called for help. Our Associated Humane Societies-Newark officers went out to the scene where they quickly removed the dogs from the dreadful situation, and brought them directly to a hospital for treatment.
That all seems like a lifetime away for Ginger and Simon now, as they both rest comfortably, free of pain and in good hands. They spent several days at Animal Emergency and Referral Associates in Fairfield, NJ, where they were cooled down, bathed in baby oil, shaved, and treated for their many burns and injuries. Ginger, the pit bull mix, was positively covered in tar and burns and her condition was touch and go for the first couple of days. Simon the yorkie had a badly burned rearend and feet but luckily, didn't have the hot tar on his face as Ginger did. Both were made very comfortable at the hospital and never had to think of pain again and just recently, they were both released with an excellent prognosis.
Ginger is currently being fostered by a veterinary technician from the hospital and Simon is here with us, at Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park. Ginger's foster mom reports that she is doing fantastic and is resting, recuperating, and even making friends with other dogs in the home and going out to the beach to enjoy herself a bit. Simon has taken up residence in our Vinnie Van Gogh Recovery Suite and is such a little character! You would never know that anything bad ever happened to him by his bubbly and outgoing personality. He is enjoying walks with other dogs and making lots of new friends, and his injuries are also healing up very well.
As in so many of these cruelty cases, an owner is rarely located and brought to justice. Someone came forward claiming to be the owner of Simon and stated that he was left in the care of a friend for a few weeks. No proof of ownership was provided and Simon will not be going anywhere. No one came forward for Ginger nor could any owner be located. The case is still under investigation but it is unlikely that anyone will be held responsible for the pain and suffering inflicted upon these two. We rarely receive restitution in these cases so the cost of medical treatment and care is solely our responsiblity at Associated Humane Societies. Our Res-Q Fund is what enables us to provide this care but with so many special needs cases coming in, the fund is constantly being depleted. Please consider making a donation to our Res-Q Fund or by texting HumaneHelp to 41444.
Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and donations for the care of Simon and Ginger. You have no idea how much it all means to us and more importantly, to them- a pair of dogs that a week ago, were left to suffer and die on a hot roof and today, are happy, healthy, and getting a second chance in life.