The total number of dogs found with chemical burns jumped to nine after the rescue of Taco, found roaming in the Antelope Valley, officials said.
Taco, 3-year-old Chihuahua mix, had walked with burns to his back for at least a week, veterinarian Tamara Leary told KTLA.
“The amount of scarring to the skin, it’s substantial,” Leary said. “It’s literally falling off.”
The dog’s wounds match those found on eight other Antelope Valley and Kern County canines. Rescuers believe someone is torturing the animals by pouring caustic chemicals down their backs.
A golden retriever named Fergus was the first known victim after authorities found the dog in Lancaster in August.
Since then, six Pit Bulls and a Cavalier King Charles spaniel have been brutalized. Two dogs were badly burned and had to be euthanized.
Kathy Miller, president of Doggy Smiles Rescue in Lancaster, now cares for and funds Tacos’ treatments.
“He had surgery on Sunday to remove dry skin and to soften the remaining skin,” she posted to Facebook. “He is still in a lot of pain, and is receiving pain management as well as IV fluids and antibiotics.”
A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help pay for Tacos’ treatments. You can donate here: http://www.gofundme.com/s83yguvs.