If you have ever had to clean tar off of shoes, clothing, or furniture, you know it’s a nearly impossible task. Imagine trying to clean a dog that is covered from head to toe in thick, sticky tar! In Lanus, Argentina, two young men found a dog that was literally covered all over in tar.

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No one knows exactly how the pup came to be covered like that, whether it was an accident or some terrible act of cruelty. However, the two men who found the dog knew it needed help.

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They and a local police officer were able to transport the dog to a nearby veterinary clinic where volunteers from Zoonosis Lanus animal rescue were able to help with the dog. While some people might think the dog was a lost cause, the people who rescued her refused to give up hope. They scrubbed and cleaned for over five hours to remove the clumps of tar covering this sweet, scared dog.

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They worried that they weren’t making progress, but they kept going. Finally, they were able to see some positive results, and they got nearly all the tar off of him! The volunteers named the dog Petro, which is Spanish for petrol.

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Petro needed to get a second bath the following day, and his fur still shows some staining from the tar, but he’s in much better shape.

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He is happy and healthy with a great personality. He still has a bit of healing and growing to do before he can be adopted, but fortunately, this story has a very happy ending!

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