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Dog severely burned after having chemicals poured on his back

Buddha is on multiple pain relievers and antibiotics, a cocktail he takes twice a day. Buddha is on multiple pain relievers and antibiotics, a cocktail he takes twice a day.
You wouldn't know by the smile on Buddha's face, but the pit bull puppy suffered severe chemical burns. You wouldn't know by the smile on Buddha's face, but the pit bull puppy suffered severe chemical burns.
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A Myrtle Beach woman wants answers. She is searching for the person who went into her backyard and poured unknown chemicals on her dog, causing burns and infection.

Buddha, a beloved pit bull puppy, was outside for about two hours Wednesday while his owner, Shawna Lefler was out running errands. She said she immediately knew something was wrong with him when she got home.

"That day he was laying in the middle of the grass. He just wasn't coming to me, he wasn't responding. I went over to him and he had this swollen red mark from his neck all the way down to his tail."

She originally thought Buddha had been bitten by a spider. His condition worsened in the days that followed.

Lefler was stunned when a trip to the animal hospital revealed that his swelling and suffering wasn't caused by an insect or another animal. 

"They shaved his back and told me that it was not an insect bite. It was definitely a chemical burn. That somebody had poured chemicals on his back."

The veterinarian didn't know what kind of chemical was used on her pet, "But it was enough that it ate his skin and killed his skin," Lefler said. 

Buddha went to the vet Monday where he underwent a procedure.  

"[The veterinarian] had to put a drainage tube in the back of his neck," Lefler said. "And scrape the bottom of his back, scrape the skin to get fresh skin up. And, so we are possibly looking at reconstructive surgery for his back."

Buddha is on multiple pain relievers and antibiotics, a cocktail he takes twice a day. Lefler hasn't told her kids exactly what happened - just that they need to let him rest - partially because of what the person had to do to get to Buddha. 

"Where they went to get him at, or dump it on him, or throw it on him, or however they got it to him, they walk right past my kids' bedroom windows," Lefler explained. "That's a terrifying thought that you walked past my kids bedroom windows and harmed my dog."

Lefler says Buddha probably greeted the stranger in his yard with kisses.

"I don't know why," Lefler said. "What goes on in your head. How you can hurt an animal, how you can hurt anything living. I want to know why you did it."

What she does know is that she wants justice. Horry County police are investigating, but there aren't any witnesses, so getting to the bottom of who did it is going to be tough.

"[I want police to] find out who did it," Lefler determined. "I want the person who did it to be held accountable for what he did and the pain he's put my baby through, and the pain that he's put my family through dealing with this. We're all hurting."

Lefler hopes pet owners learn from her situation, and never leave a pet outside alone. 

She is working on raising funds to offer a reward for information leading to an arrest. Those wishing to donate can visit
www.gofundme.com/buddhalove. 

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