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Cruelty case - dog horribly burned over much of his back

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According to Saturday's CBS Los Angeles, a Mission Viejo, Calif., family's dog was the apparent victim of animal cruelty this past week. The seven-year-old Labrador retriever, named "Cash," has horrible burns over much of his back, and nobody seems to know how the dog got them.

Cash's owner, Jerod Simpson, first discovered a problem on Tuesday night - the dog had blisters on his back. Cash was taken to the Alicia Pet Care Center the next morning where more painful blisters were exposed after the fur was shaved away.

According to the veterinarian, the burns are not consistent with allergies or a rash - Cash appears to be the victim of a deliberate act of cruelty.

One of the veterinarians at the clinic, Dr. Northrop, told CBS Los Angeles:

One of the concerns we had was either an acid burn, some kind of liquid that spilled over the dog’s back and caused very severe skin wounds,

“[It's] very, very concerning and consistent with what we thought was a chemical burn.

The case has been reported to the local authorities.

Tiffany Norton, with the Coastal German Shepherd Rescue, is hoping that the community will rally behind the family to help with Cash's veterinary expenses. Norton wrote:

His wounds will take months to heal. His owner needs the community to rally under her dog. This care is very costly and will be very difficult for her to cover on her own. As a victim of a crime, we would like to see Cash get the care he needs and to be healed without having his owner endure the huge financial burden. Media coverage for Cash would shine light on this situation and perhaps help to find who could have done this to a kind, loving dog.

Individuals who are interested in helping to pay for Cash's veterinary expenses can phone a donation directly to the vet hospital at: 949-768-1313

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