A stray dog from India has made a dramatic recovery after surviving for days trapped inside a barrel of tar.
For the stray dog in Udaipur, India, living without a family was simply a way of life.
When she was cold at night, nobody noticed. When she was hungry, nobody seemed to care.
One night, the dog sought shelter inside a barrel. The cozy, secluded hiding place must have seemed like a safe, warm option to spend a chilly night.
The pooch had no way of knowing that climbing into the barrel would leave her trapped for days without water, food or the hope of a family who would come looking for her.
But team members from Animal Aid Unlimited, India, care desperately about the stray dogs in their region.
When they heard about the dog’s perilous situation, they were immediately on the scene to help.
“We think she may have gone inside the drum to get warm during the night,” Animal Aid wrote on YouTube, “and that her own body heat started to melt the tar which she then sank into and was unable to free herself from.”
Animal aid workers said the dog was so terrified that she was actually hyperventilating. She was in pain, dehydrated and trapped up to her chest in thick, suffocating tar.
“When we found her she was no longer struggling and seemed to have completely given up all hope,” Animal Aid said.
And so they set to work, finding a safe way to remove the helpless dog from the tar. They named her Asha and worked to keep her calm in the midst of what must have been a terrifying rescue.
Rescuers used a saw to cut into the barrel, a sound which must have been awful to the traumatized dog’s ears.
Once rescuers could reach Asha, they began to remove her wounded body from the bottom of the barrel by pouring oil over her fur and massaging the tar away.
The task was arduous, but eventually, rescuers lifted Asha’s exhausted body from the barrel. Half her body was still encased in tar, and she would need multiple days of baths before she was tar-free.
Thanks to the kindhearted and dedicated efforts of Animal Aid, Asha made a complete recovery.
She now has a home at an animal sanctuary, where she’ll be safe, loved and cherished for the rest of her doggy days.
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