Two boxer-beagle mixes, sister and brother, have been rescued from an abandoned plant in Ohio where they were found covered head to toe in tar. They’ve been cleaned up and taken to a vet to be treated for second-degree chemical burns and severe eye irritation, but could use some help with their medical expenses.
Oden was found on a street in East Liverpool, Ohio, covered in the gooey substance and suffering from chemical burns and an eye infection. He was taken in by a rescue group and brought to Ashleigh’s Dog Grooming at Safari Dog in Chester, West Virginia. It took nine hours to clean his fur completely.
A couple days later, his sister Miley was found in an abandoned plant close to where Oden was rescued. She was also taken in and given the same treatment.
Dacar Industries in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, owns the decrepit building, which still has a number of chemicals inside. HAZMAT and other agencies are currently investigating.
“When we got here we saw some loose chemicals, and we could smell a strong chemical smell from the facility,” said Ryan Estell, the director of East Liverpool Safety Services.
The tar-like substance was identified as a chemical adhesive. It is not suspected that the dogs were intentionally tarred, but police will continue to look into the matter.
“This is a public hazard for these animals… if children get in them, it’s letting off a lot of chemicals, so this needs to be addressed,” groomer Ashleigh Yoho Deal said. “It needs to be cleaned up. We can’t be doing this for these dogs. It’s horrible – they shouldn’t have to go through this.”
Yoho Deal is hoping for donations to help with Oden and Miley’s medical expenses. They also need towels, olive oil, baby oil, WD40 and anything else to help clean the dogs.