A golden retriever that was attacked and burned with chemicals received goodies from loving donors on Saturday as he continues to recover in Southern California.
There has been an overwhelming response to news coverage of Fergus, who was surrendered at an animal shelter last month with a third-degree burn along his back. The 15-month-old pup's injuries are similar to those of six other dogs from the same area, which authorities are investigating as a possible string of chemical attacks.
Thanks to the kindness of strangers, Fergus has some goodies to make him more comfortable. A PetSmart in Costa Mesa rallied donors and collected toys and treats for the injured dog.
[UPDATED 12-10] 2015 Southern California Animals in the News
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A truckload of toys, treats and more was delivered to the medical center where Fergus is recovering.
"We brought him different foods, we also brought him a new bed," said Robert Salas, a PetSmart employee. "Anything you could think of for a golden retriever that (they) would love, we got it for him."
Once Fergus is better, Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue will sift through hundreds of applications from those who want to offer him a "forever home."
At least seven other dogs in the Antelope Valley have been treated for similar acid burns. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the person or people responsible for the attacks.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich has described the attacks as "depraved acts of cruelty."