Lab burned by grease in northern Minnesota rescued thanks to Facebook


An animal rescue nonprofit in northern Minnesota is hoping police can track down the person responsible for leaving an injured 8-month-old black lab outside in subzero temperatures.

Karen Good, founder of Red Lake Rosie's Rescue, (warning: the blog shows graphic images of the dog's injuries) said she received a voicemail from a woman who lives on the Red Lake Reservation and discovered the young dog with severe burns lying on her porch over the weekend.

The woman did not leave her address and couldn't be reached by phone, so Good issued a plea for help on Facebook.

Miraculously, someone came through who knew the caller and a shelter volunteer set out to rescue the wounded animal.

Good says the lab, later named "Marcus," was found with "parts of his skin missing and infected."

Veterinarians at the Animal Care Clinic in Bemidji determined that Marcus' burns were caused by hot grease. Another dog with similar lesions was also found on the property. The incident is being turned over to local law enforcement.

"The good news is that Marcus is stabilized, warm, and had his wounds cleaned and is on antibiotics and pain medication," Good said.

Good says Marcus will eventually be transported to an animal rehabilitation program in either the Twin Cities area or in Wisconsin.

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