Dogs Forced to Live on a Roof Rescued from the Bubbling Tar

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A pit bull and a Yorkie, abandoned on a New Jersey rooftop, were found dancing around to stop the burning on their feet from its scorching hot tar.  It was 96 degrees out, and there wasn’t any water or shade to protect them.  Thankfully they have been saved and are now being treated, and hopefully their former owners will be charged with animal cruelty.

According to the Associated Humane Popcorn Park Shelter, a call came in to the AHS – Newark branch about two dogs in severe distress.  When officers arrived, they found the dogs hysterically pacing the patio roof where they were being kept, desperate to avoid worsening the burns on their paws.


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“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,” AHS stated.  “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.”

Officers seized them from the home and hurried them to an emergency veterinarian.  They both needed to be thoroughly bathed to remove all the tar coating their fur.


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“Both dogs are resting comfortably and are no longer in any pain.  Their conditions are still guarded, so they will remain in the hospital for the next few days so they can receive 24 hour veterinary care.”

Now the shelter needs help caring for them.  They have taken in so many other special cases recently that their funds have been exhausted.  If you can spare even a dollar to help these poor tar-covered dogs, please click here, or text HumaneHelp to 41444.

AHS is currently unaware of whether or not police will be pressing charges, but they are hopeful that a full investigation will be conducted.

5 thoughts on “Dogs Forced to Live on a Roof Rescued from the Bubbling Tar”

  1. I am sooo tired of listening and reading the HUMAN ABUSE toward INNOCENT, INTELLIGENT BEINGS, YES BEINGS WITHOUT A VOICE… and the AUTHORITY see THEM as JUST PROPERTY like chairs…. what’s to think about….? Should the FBI be called or it only gets involved when is too late…???

  2. Yes! PRESS CHARGES! it’s a no-brainer! Agree with Maria on ALL comments! What is WRONG with people???? Perhaps if MORE PEOPLE were IN JAIL OR FINED over this cruelty, somehow it would decrease!

  3. Is anyone doing background checks these days on people who adopt animals? Character references? Oh my- CHARGE THEM, FINE THEM, give these people a CRIMINAL RECORD!

  4. Ditto to all previous comments!!! How could charges NOT be made,?? How cruel can people be??? And WHY????


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