POINTE COUPEE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The Pointe Coupee Animal Shelter is asking for the public to help with expenses after a stray dog was brought in with severe chemical burns down his back.
A volunteer with the shelter found the dog on Sunday about a quarter mile from the shelter, standing in the road. He is believed to be between two and three years old. Officials at the shelter named him Mr. Overton.
"I took one look and knew it wasn't mange. It was so infected and the smell was unbelievable but suspected it was some kind of burn," said officials with the shelter on their Facebook page.
Mr. Overton was taken to the vet where he was diagnosed with having chemical burns. "He has been like this for days and now it's so infected it's going to take months to get him well," says shelter officials.
Mr. Overton's hair was removed in the area of the chemical burns and shelter officials say where the chemical was poured is visible because you can see the runs of the liquid.
There is no way to tell what chemical was poured on Mr. Overton, or if it was an accident or deliberate, but officials with the shelter say had the burns been treated when it happened, they would not have gotten infected.
On Tuesday, Mr. Overton went back to the vet to be sedated and have his wounds cleaned. They had to remove more hair, and more burns are being discovered.
According to the shelter, Mr. Overton is a very sweet dog and will be needing a home as soon as possible.
For those who would like to make a donation to help with medical expenses for Mr. Overton, they can be mailed to Pointe Coupee Animal Shelter at P.O. Box 905, New roads, LA 70760. The animal shelter has a PayPal account through this email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can also be dropped off at McCaskills Vet Hospital on Parent Street.