Greensboro, NC -- The dog named "Hoyt" by his rescuers is recovering from third-degree burns over 30-percent of his body.
He's the fourth dog in two years to come into the Guilford County Animal Shelter with severe burns.
We called other animal control offices in Raleigh and Wilmington to see if there are similar cases. Directors there told us they're not seeing this type of abuse.
This many cases in Greensboro in two years baffles the people who rescue these animals.
Guilford County Animal Shelter Director, Marsha Williams said no matter what's behind the abuse it doesn't have to happen.
"This type of abuse is unnecessary. It's preventable. If you don't want an animal, you are angry with the animal, or you can't take care of the animal, or you can't afford your vet bills, there's an alternative," stated Williams.
Williams expects "Hoyt" to have physical scars but should return to a normal life and make some family very happy.
Greensboro Police continue to investigate the abuse case. They took hair samples to determine what caused the burns. They're asking for anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers.
You can reach them at (336) 373-1000.
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