Workers at a Calgary animal shelter were shocked after they discovered a seven-week-old puppy suffering from severe burns.
The puppy, who has been given the name Nero, was abandoned in Saskatchewan and brought in to the Calgary shelter.
"Even seasoned rescuers were shocked beyond belief," said the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) in a statement.
"We got a call from a citizen who had found him. He had severe burns on his head and face," Deanna Thompson, with AARCS, told 660News.
He underwent surgery in Calgary on Friday, and the burns were so serious that Nero lost one ear, 660News adds.
Thompson told the Calgary Herald she suspects something flammable was poured on the animal and was ignited.
She said the Saskatchewan SPCA has also been notified.
The puppy will require weeks of recovery, and AARCS says they hope he won’t have life-long injuries to his eyes.
"We are trying to find out who did this, but it doesn’t look promising as he was found abandoned," they added.
Donations for Nero can be made through the AARCS website.
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"Keith Allison is out of work and struggling to support his family. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151207133003208&set=pb.45564118207.-2207520000.1357860058&type=3&theater">Despite his own struggles</a> he went out of his way to save Caleb, a dog left abandoned and neglected, when no one else would. For three weeks he took care of Caleb and searched for help to get Caleb safely captured." (Via Facebook)
A cute puppy reduces a man to tears with his affection.
In June 2010, a Fresno, Calif., family unable to afford emergency care turned their injured dog over to the SPCA to be euthanized. A staffer, however, was so touched by their <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/local&id=8720026">heartfelt goodbye</a> that the organization helped save the dog’s life, resulting in a tearful reunion.
"Our sweet Levi <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=441761919221771&set=pb.218621588202473.-2207520000.1357857134&type=3&theater">the day we got him</a> in 1997 and the day we said goodbye in 2012." (Via Facebook)
An Indiana man <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/indiana-man-reunited-lost-dog-years-article-1.1221452#ixzz2HcGt0bZU">enjoyed a tearful reunion</a> with his dog Bandit five years after the beloved pet went missing in 2007, the New York Daily News reported in December. "This is my little buddy," he said at an adoption center in Indianapolis. "I’ve been missing him for five years."
"This photo captures the moment when this man was <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=430963933634903&set=pb.218621588202473.-2207520000.1357859936&type=3&theater">reunited with his dog</a> after a fire gutted their home and firefighters saved the dog's life." (Via Facebook)
Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in the East Limestone, Ala. on Friday, March 2, 2012. (AP Photo/The Decatur Daily, Gary Cosby Jr.)
A puppy stampede of love.
A man and his <a href="http://imgur.com/6NFEp">best friend</a>. (Via Imgur)
"My husband's dog <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/germanshepherds/comments/12zh5u/xpost_from_raww_my_husbands_dog_greeting_him_at/">greeted him at the airport</a> in the morning," Redditor VonIsengard wrote. "This dog is Daddy's princess. He wouldn't have forgiven me if I didn't bring her to the airport!" (Via Imgur)
"The first and last night with my pup... Rest in peace" (via Imgur)
"<a href="http://imgur.com/gallery/1Mgx2">What a difference</a> 8 weeks makes." (via Imgur)
"A boy and his dog <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/aww/comments/12u98c/a_boy_and_his_dog_reunited_after_sandy/">reunited after Sandy</a>."
Don't be scared.
We'll make it, I swear.
"This firefighter <a href="http://imgur.com/gallery/Gub3v">saved this dog</a> from her burning home." (Via Imgur)
After Kissimmee firefighters -- reportedly all animal lovers -- rescued two dogs from a fire, Engineer Gary LaTour revived one with <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=303541009710530&set=pb.218621588202473.-2207520000.1357860381&type=3&theater">mouth to snout resuscitation</a>, according to a Facebook post.
"My dad recently <a href="http://imgur.com/gallery/nmbvB">adopted a flunked guide dog</a>. I think they like each other." (via Imgur)
"This is my friend <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=467614926636470&set=pb.218621588202473.-2207520000.1357857051&type=3&theater">singing to his dog</a> before he passed away." (Via Facebook)
The video that started it all. His transformation from man to small child is adorable, but his reaction is <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/02/dad-surprised-christmas-puppy-reaction-video_n_2397230.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news&ir=Good%20News">all the more touching</a> considering the family lost their beloved dog a short time ago.
The 15 Most Important Pets Of 2012:
This hipster French bulldog from San Francisco is one of the cutest and coolest things the Internet has ever seen. The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/28/trotter-the-hipster-french-bulldog_n_1837790.html#slide=1442172">Instagram superstar</a> is simply a natural in front of the camera.
Chengdu Panda Cubs
In October this photo of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/07/chengdu-panda-cubs-are-th_n_2083702.html">seven sleeping panda cubs </a> went viral. They were born in 2012 at the Chengdu Panda Base in China. Clearly, they give any animal a run for its money for 2012's cutest.
In March, this adorable baby sloth melted every heart on the Internet. The sloth was wrapped from the head down in colorful bandages that happened to look a lot like a 'onesie'. The bandages are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/01/baby-sloths-wearing-onesies_n_1313389.html">a creative solution to the baby sloth's skin infection</a> -- but to us, they're just about the cutest thing we've seen all year.
In November <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/07/cute-hedgehogs_n_1941315.html#slide=1604891">hedgehogs took the political campaign</a> by storm. Not only are these little guys indisputably cute, but they also look good in just about every situation and costume. Now if only we could have voted one into the White House..
This year, Zeus was officially named the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/zeustallestdog">World's Tallest Dog! </a> The 4-year-old canine stretches to an amazing 7'4" when standing on his hind legs.
In March, a star was born. And her name was Beyonce. A <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/28/beyonce-puppy_n_1384872.html">contender for World's Smallest Dog</a>, Beyonce was so small when she was born that she could fit into a spoon! We're anxious to see if she will nab a spot in the Guinness World Records.
These two baby tigers, whose mother abandoned them, found an unusual wet nurse: a wrinkled, sand-colored Shar Pei named Cleopatra. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/06/dog-nurses-tiger-cubs-photo_n_1574598.html">This image of the dog feeding her adopted cubs </a> is one of the most heartwarming things we saw all year.
When an adorable East-Prussian Skudde lamb's mother passed away, Wolfgang Grensens, who volunteers as a shepherd in Luebeck, northern Germany, decided to raise the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/14/wolfgang-grensens-german-_n_2132209.html">6-week-old baby</a> himself. Now the little lamb frolics along with Grensen's three dogs. Say it with us now: awwwwww.
This adorable pet wasn't on our radar until late this year, and now we're big fans! In October, a tiny echidna was rescued from a trail in Australia. His good looks melted the hearts of Internet users worldwide. A truly fascinating creature, the echidna has remained <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/24/adorable-rare-echidna-puggle-rscued-laps-milk-from-nurses-hand_n_2011500.html">virtually unchanged since prehistoric times</a>. Plus, it's a mammal that lays eggs. How cool is that?
Shiba Inu Puppies
In June 2012, the world watched in fascination as cuteness unfolded live before its eyes. During the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/08/shiba-inu-puppy-cam-live-_n_1581770.html"> Shibu Inu puppy cam's fourth installment</a>, we wouldn't tear our eyes away from the adorable puppies featured.
One of the year's most memorable videos featured <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/06/hamlet-mini-pig-goes-down-stairs-oatmeal_n_1574841.html">a mini-pig named Hamlet</a> making a quest down a staircase. As soon as he got a whiff of the oatmeal awaiting him, there was no doubt about it: He <em>needed</em> to get down those stairs!
Tard The Grumpy Cat
Earlier this month, we named Tard the Grumpy Cat <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/19/most-important-influential-cats-2012_n_2323065.html">the most influential cat of the year,</a> so it's no doubt she would show up on this list as well. Throughout 2012, Tard stole millions of hearts with her constant frown, which arguably changed Internet cat memes forever.
The Queen's Corgis
Queen Elizabeth II's corgis <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/09/queen-elizabeth-corgi-dies_n_1868282.html"> stole the show</a> during the opening ceremony at the Olympics, when they starred in a sketch alongside James Bond. Unfortunately, Monty and Cider, two of the four corgis, died in September. The other two, Willow and Holly, remain in the palace with the Queen.
Last year, a Los Angeles couple found Fiona -- sick, blind, and dirty -- in a trash heap. In March, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/26/blind-dog-fiona-in-trash-rescue_n_1379889.html">her story of recovery</a> went viral. Thanks the couple's fundraising efforts, Fiona received a full makeover, and a $4,000 eye surgery replaced the lens in one of her eyes, partially restoring her vision. She has since been adopted by a loving family.
An Internet sensation was born this month when a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/10/ikea-monkey-toronot_n_2270707.html">dapper monkey wearing a coat</a> and a diaper decided to make IKEA its playground. It was a great way to end 2012.