GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Guilford County Animal Shelter is caring for a severely burned dog after neighbors found him in their yard over the weekend.
Police and the shelter have no idea what happened to the little dog they're calling Toby.
They think he's a shih tzu between 1-2 years old.
"We turn the evidence over to the police department. It could be scorching water but it's definitely trauma," said Marsha Williams, Executive Director at the Guilford County Animal Shelter.
On Saturday, a few neighbors found Toby in their yard on Tannenbaum Circle in Greensboro and brought him to the shelter. The vet determined Toby had third degree burns on more than 50 percent of his body, including his face. Marsha said she's seen this kind of abuse in the past but never to this extent on the face.
One of his eyes will have to be removed. The vet believes this happened to Toby three or four days before he was brought to the shelter. Despite the heavy sedation, Marsha said Toby is loving any attention and believe or not, he's happy to be cuddled.
He'll have about eight weeks of painful treatment on his burns, and probably some skin grafts before finally, the eye surgery.
It's costing thousands of dollars to get Toby healed. You can help by donating to Susie's Fund.
If you know who might have done this to Toby, call Greensboro Police.