Rescue worker needs help treating dog suspected of lab burns from methamphetamine


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A dog that has suffered days of brutal chemical burns needs your help.

Kate Pounders found Waco about two weeks ago. When she saw him, she said, she was heartbroken.

“I asked her to send me a photo and the second I got the photo my stomach sagged. I mean, I immediately felt sick to my stomach, ”said Pounders, the owner of Katie’s K9s, an animal rescue in Grand Rapids.

Pounders said a friend contacted her earlier this month regarding a dog in need of help. Pounders quickly saved Waco from a campground in Holland with severe burns almost half of his back. She said the vet believed the burns were from a chemical spill in a methamphetamine lab and went untreated for about a month.

“When I first had Waco, the wounds on his back, he had sticks and dirt inside the wounds,” she said. “They immediately said it was the worst chemical burns they had ever seen on a dog.”

“Nobody did anything,” she added. “No one stood up for him. No one tried to help him. This is I think the hardest part for me is that anyone can step in and do something.

Waco, who is said to be around 1 year old, is now on the road to recovery.

“He’s just the happiest dog now. He loves to play with other dogs. He loves hugs, ”Pounders said.

Waco. (Courtesy of Katie Pounders)

She said she needed help with medical bills.

“The vet I work with, we’re looking at around $ 10,000, maybe a little more,” Pounders said.

She hopes everyone who can make a donation to give Waco a better life.

“You can lift yourself up and you can help them. You don’t have to be a lifeguard. You don’t have to be a professional to make a difference, ”said Pounders.

You can donate to Waco’s recovery via GoFundMe.

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