Every year Animal Aid Unlimited rescues thousands of street dogs in India with the help of the community. The rescue of a sweet street dog encased in a metal drum of tar may have been one of the more challenging and heartbreaking cases volunteers and staff members had ever seen.
Near the city of Udaipur, an emergency call came in about the trapped dog in barrel of tar who had presumably been stuck there for days. When the rescue team arrived, the dog was so frightened she had been hyperventilating and could only blink her eyes. She had probably tried to hide inside of the drum searching for warmth, and it is believed her body heat melted the tar which she sank into and then could no longer move. By the time the rescuers arrived, the dog had given up and seemed as if she was just waiting to die.
As much as they tried, the men could not remove the dog, they cut open the top and carried her in the drum to the rescue’s hospital. For the next hour, they soaked her in vegetable oil and slowly were able to loosen her unthinkable prison until they were able just to remove her from the barrel. And then for the next several hours, the dog dubbed Asha (Hope in Hindi) was massaged with the vegetable oil until she was finally free of all the tar.
“She was so firmly stuck in the drum that after removing the top with a metal cutter, we had to bring the entire drum in the ambulance back to Animal Aid’s shelter,” the group posted on Facebook. “Her raging thirst made us realize she must have been several days stuck, head first in the drum with the heat of the sun excruciating as the black drum became hotter and hotter. We named her Asha because against all odds, she wouldn’t give up.”
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Photos and video of Asha encased in metal drum of tar courtesy of Animal Aid Unlimited.
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