Puppy found on the streets of Toledo with chemical burns

Published: May. 21, 2018 at 4:43 PM EDT
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A puppy that's being treated for chemical burns is making remarkable progress. He was brought to the MedVet emergency clinic in Toledo over the weekend for life-saving treatment.

At this point, it's not clear whether the injuries were an accident or intentional. The puppy is extremely thin, so he may have been looking for food when he got into the chemicals.

The puppy has been named McAllister. He was found on the streets of Toledo by a Good Samaritan, and it's been a team effort to help the little guy begin to heal.

Jean Keating is the head of the Lucas County Pit Crew rescue group.

She says believe it or not, McAllister looks a lot better than he did just two days ago, "His whole head was swollen and his eyes were shut tight."

Jean says at first vets weren't even sure he'd even make it through the night."There had been some discussion about having to euthanize him because the severity of his injuries, so I am very thankful he has responded so well to treatment. He is definitely a sweet soul."

The Lucas County Pit Crew took the pup into its rescue program

Between his foster home and the emergency clinic, McAllister has been getting around-the-clock care for chemical burns on his face, nasal passages and mouth. Erica Zielinski is a Registered Vet Tech and the Clinical Manager of the emergency department, "We have been giving him IV fluids, antibiotics and pain meds of course. He's been slowly getting better. He is eating on his own too, which is very important."

Even as he gets better, Erica says one of the biggest challenges for the little guy right now is breathing, "there is a lot of swelling. Because of that swelling air has a tough time getting through. Tissue is then also healing over his nostrils, essentially he has trouble getting adequate air flow, so that's the noise you hear when he is breathing."

Saving McAllister has truly been a group effort. The Good Samaritan who found him called Toledo Police. After consulting with Lucas County Canine Care and Control, the police officers took him to MedVet. The Pit Crew then took him in.

Jean says the team approach is what she and many others have been working to achieve for years,"We have a police department, a dog warden and an emergency vet in our community that all worked together to get immediate help for an animal in desperate need of help."

Because of that collaboration, McAllister has a fighting chance at a full and happy life. Zielinski says that is the pay off for everyone who works to save animals like McAllister,"We want them all to have a good ending, we want them all to have the life they deserve. That's why we do what we do." Thanks to the kindness of strangers, McAllister is well on his way to the good life.

Treatment could run into the thousands of dollars. LCPC relies on donations to help dogs like McAllister. If you'd like to volunteer your time or make a donation, we've posted a link

McAllister will be up for adoption as soon as he has fully recovered, but that will likely be a long process In the meantime, Jean says it's important to point out that LCPC has plenty of other great dogs up for adoption.