Dog burned and abandoned, on road to recovery

- Rescuers are asking for your help to heal a Cabarrus County dog who was abandoned and severely burned.

"I couldn't see him sit there and suffer and die," said Matthew Morin, who was one of the men who helped save the dog.

Morin is an animal lover at heart. So when he saw the dog, now named Ian, staring at him, bloody, burned and in distress he immediately called for help.

"It has been with me since I saw him. I haven't cried in years. I am not going to lie this hurt, this hit home. To see someone do that to an animal is horrific," said Morin.

Ian was left for dead, dumped in the shed of a Cabarrus County tire repair shop.

"It looks like someone may have put him there because there was a metal grate blocking him in the shed," said Morin.

Ian was initially brought to the Cabarrus County Animal Shelter, but he was burned so severely that he was transferred to a facility in Georgia.

A video sent to FOX 46 Charlotte from the Imagine Pet Rescue shows Ian when he first arrived in Georgia. His injuries were so severe, rescuers thought he was hit by a car. They then discovered he was suffering from chemical burns.

After a Saturday surgery, Ian looks and acts like a brand new dog, but it's still a long road to recovery.

"We are looking at three to four months of healing. He is probably going to need his ear amputated. We are trying to save it, but we don't know if we can," said Cindy McManus, from Imagine Pet Rescue.

No matter his condition, Ian has already found his forever home.

"I would like to take him into my care. I found him, I would like to care for him," said Morin.

You too can help Ian, by making a donation to help pay for his medical costs by clicking here.


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