MILWAUKEE -- The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is caring for a dog removed from a boarded and vacant house near 35th and Clarke in Milwaukee. The dog was found with deep red burn wounds all over his body.
The dog known as "Humphrey" was transferred from the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) to the WHS. He's now quickly stealing the hearts of many in the community.
In a news release, Angela Speed, vice president of communications at WHS stated the following:
"We don’t know what happened to Humphrey – whether it was intentional or an accident – but the huge raw wounds had to have been excruciating to endure."
There are a lot of questions surrounding Humphrey. Why did he end up abandoned at a home? How did he become so injured in such an unusual way?
"We don't know what caused the burns, whether it was chemicals, hot oil, a really strange pattern, but the burns are all over his body," said Speed.
The most curious mystery is how a dog found in such a dire condition with painful burns, can be as happy as he is.
"Within five minutes, Humphrey stole the hearts of just about every employee at the Humane Society," Speed said.
With open wounds, Humphrey is open to playing, petting and cuddles.
The mystery of Humphrey's past continues, but his future more certain. He'll eventually available for adoption.
Until then, those at the Wisconsin Humane Society consider him a symbol of happiness and survival.
"It does sort of surprise all of us that his attitude, his joy, just shines through that pain," said Speed.
Officials with the Wisconsin Humane Society said they gets about 2,000 special needs animals each year, so they are always looking for donations to cover the costs. WHS is currently soliciting for donations to help cover Humphrey’s medical expenses.
To make a donation, visit wihumane.org or call 414-431-6270.
Humphrey will be available for adoption in a couple of weeks. No holds are being taken for him, but you can keep an eye on the WHS's dog adoption page, which is updated in real time.