You’ll never believe what this pup looks like underneath the thick layer of horrible tar he was found covered in.
While it’s not known if someone covered Petro (which translates to “petrol,” a.k.a. “petroleum” in Spanish) in the foul substance on purpose or if he was involved in an accident, it was beyond fortunate that he ran into two sweet do-gooders in Argentina.
The men had to act fast to help the dog after discovering him wandering around Lanus, Buenos Aires.
They quickly asked a member of the local police for help and the officer helped them take the poor pooch to a vet clinic in the area. Once at the clinic, several volunteers from a rescue group called Zoonosis Lanus arrived to assist in removing the tar from his coat. The volunteers worked tirelessly to restore Petro to his former self, which, as you can see, was a very difficult process.
Petro had tar dripping from every part of his body.
It took five hours to free him from the majority of the goo that was stuck in giant globs to his hair from head to tail.
No one was entirely sure of how to clean Petro or what products to use, as they’d never seen an animal who needed this much help being cleaned. Regardless, they kept working. Knowing they were doing the right thing helped them continue, no matter how tired they were.
“We bought a lot of things, we watched tutorials on the Internet, and we were trying and checking all the products and their results,” volunteer Myriam Ortellado explained. “Firstly, it was impossible to clean it, and then we started using oil and step by step it worked, but we used five liters of oil.”
Hours into the seemingly endless grooming session, Petro started to resemble himself again.
Who knew there was a brown dog underneath all that black tar!
By night time, Petro was tar-free and able to see, breathe and move freely. But he wasn’t completely done. Even after all those hours, Petro still had some tar embedded deep in his muzzle, back and legs.
There was STILL more work to be done the next day.
You can see the staining in some parts of his coat but check out that handsome face!
Petro was like a brand new dog after being bathed all day and Zoonosis Lanus workers started notice his charming personality after they got him cleaned up.
“Each day he’s better and happier,” Otellado wrote.
Petro’s story has gone completely viral in South and North America, with thousands of people praising both Petro and his rescuers.
Last we heard, Petro was almost ready to be adopted, and just needed a little more time to recover from some of the emotional trauma he endured during his time on the streets of Lanus.
Here are some helpful tips on removing tar and other great substances from animals, via Pet Place:
Wash with mild dish soap – some paints before they dry can be removed with soap and water.
Dawn® dish soap works well to remove greasy substances.
Vegetable oil or peanut butter has been effective in removing tar and grease. After the oil bath, a bath with mild dish soap is recommended.
Goop® or Goo Gone® are a couple of over the counter products that may help to remove some of these substances.If all else fails, take the dog to a groomer or veterinarian and have the hair shaved.
It’s extremely important to remove tar from pets as soon as possible, as it can cause poisoning and other severe health issues.
For help cleaning the paws only, wipe the area using dish soap and/or their regular shampoo then rub your fingers between the paw pads to remove the remaining residue, then pat the area with a towel. Repeat the process if necessary.
Remember, if you find an animal in need, don’t hesitate to call a local animal shelter, vet or rescue organization for help. Share this story to encourage others to help pets in unfortunate situations.
We all deserve love!