A young golden retriever who had been attacked and left for dead is in remarkably high spirits on the road to recovery - despite being the victim of an unimaginable act of cruelty.
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The dog, believed to be just over a year old, was found wandering on a California roadway earlier this week with a deep, bleeding wound across much of his body. Rescuers believe that someone had intentionally poured battery acid, or another caustic chemical, across the dog's back, which left him on the verge of death with third-degree burns.
"When you think you've seen it all, you are always proven wrong," Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue wrote online.
"The inhumanity of humans is unbearable at times."