Jasper's real hurt runs down to his core. A dog's best friend did this to him.
A human being poured searing chemicals on this golden retriever's face and back, burning away his soft coat and threatening not only skin but the nerves and organs beneath.
"His wounds were shocking," an RSPCA veterinarian said in a release. "We're so lucky he didn't lose his eyes."
Now it's Jasper's heart that may be in trouble.
"In our care, Jasper was suspicious of humans and fearful of punishment," RSPCA Victoria wrote in a Facebook post. "He was also unsure of how to act with toys. It was heartbreaking."
Jasper's journey to healing will ultimately boil down to one question: Can you mend a golden retriever's broken heart?
Jasper's head and back are covered in chemical burns.RSPCA Victoria