Wednesday, 17. September 2014
08. 08. 14. - 15:00
This brave pug dog has lost its one week battle for life after being tied up and set alight in a Mexican town.
The animal was rescued by vet Paola Tueme, 26, who came across the badly injured animal by chance and decided to try and save its life.
She said: "It had been tied up so that it couldn't move and then had been set alight. The burns covered 85 percent of its body and had in some places gone so deep that it even burned his organs. I didn't expect he would survive but after a week I began to have some hope, but on the last day he was alive when I went to see him he wagged his tail and then died in front of me.
"I have no idea who did this and why nobody seems to have seen anything but it was incredibly cruel. He is such a little dog that he would not and could not possibly have hurt anybody. It must just have been a vindictive attack probably for fun and no other reason."
As well as being badly burned the fire had blinded the dog which was named "Torito" by Paola and her staff at a veterinary surgery in the town of Guadalupe in the northern Mexican state of Nueva Leon.
She said: "I spent every day with him trying to make him more comfortable, and I was amazed by the number of people who offered to adopt him as soon as he was well enough, I think it's important that he knew there were people who cared for him at the end."
Her daily updates on the dog's condition has attracted thousands of followers, many of who posted comments after learning that the dogs liver failed and that he had died earlier this week.
One wrote: "There is another angel in dog heaven." And another added: "Your work helped to erase the evil of this evil mistreatment."
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