AUSTIN -- Austin Pets Alive! is working to save the life of a badly burned puppy. Someone found the stray dog with second and third degree burns on its hind legs and belly.
A shelter in Central Texas that partners with Austin Pets Alive! alerted the non-profit about Jakey, a seven-month-old dachshund mix.
Veterinarians are giving him fluids since he is dehydrated, morphine for pain, and antibiotics to prevent an infection.
"This dog has no way of knowing why this happened, and there is no way to explain it to him, so we try to use really good pain control and love on him as much as possible," said veterinary surgeon Dr. David Allman.
Austin Pets Alive! doesn't know whether the dog was burned by fire or chemicals, and they don't expect anyone to be charged since the puppy is a stray and they have no way to track down prior owners.
Now the non-profit is looking for a family to foster Jakey and for donations to help with his longterm medical care. He could need a blood transfusion or a skin graft.
"Pets like this who have been through a lot of trauma often do make the best pets," said Dr. Allman.
If you want to help, you can find more information here.