Two Boys Save Dog from Drowning in Tar

Petro's health has been labeled as “risky” because of the large amount of tar he ingested. However, Myriam Ortellado says he “is in good spirits.”

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Two boys spotted a dog wandering around in Lanus, Argentina. That’s not so unusual, except that this poor dog had been drenched in tar. He was taken to a vet where volunteers spent hours washing him, and now he looks as good as new.

 

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The poor dog was so coated in tar that he could barely move. He resembled a statue. It is believed that he had been thrown in a pool of oil and left to die, but managed to climb out and seek help.

After the boys found the dog, a kindly police officer escorted him to a team at the Zoonosis Lanus shelter. Staff members weren’t sure how to best remove the tar, so they scoured the internet for answers. It took over five hours, but several baths later his brown fur was visible.

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“We bought a lot of things, we watched tutorials on the Internet, and we were trying and checking all the products and their results,” explained volunteer Myriam Ortellado. “[At first], it was impossible to clean it, and then we started using oil and step by step it worked, but we used five liters of oil.”

The dog was fittingly named Petro. He was given food, water, and medicine, but his health has been labeled as “risky” because of the large amount of tar he ingested. However, Ortellado says he “is in good spirits.” He continues to improve, and an investigation has been launched to apprehend the person or persons responsible for Petro’s abuse.