Animal officers in New Jersey rescued two dogs from a "bubbling, boiling" tar roof last Friday, according to the Associated Humane Societies-Newark.
When officers arrived at the home, they found a pit bull and a Yorkie frantically running about, trying to prevent their feet from burning.
"The Yorkie continuously ran to the edge of the roof to try to find an area that would not burn her further while the pit bull, covered in hot tar, had nearly given up hope," the organization said on its Facebook page.
Animal officers said no one was home. Although there were trays of chicken legs and rice on the roof, the animals didn't have any water, despite the 96-degree heat.
The dogs were removed from the home and taken to an emergency veterinary hospital in Fairfield, New Jersey, Nicki Dawson, the assistant director at the Associated Humane Societies-Newark told ABC News.
"They've been through a lot, but they're doing well," Dawson told ABC. "The team at the hospital has had to completely cut down their fur, soak them with medicated shampoos, give them antibiotics and apply burn medication. It's going to be a bit of a lengthy treatment before they're ready to go, but we have high hopes for them."
The Yorkie was recently released from the hospital and was taken to the Associated Humane Societies-Newark. A veterinary technician who's been working with the pit bull is planning to adopt him after he recovers.
Dawson told ABC officers are still working to determine who owns the two dogs.
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