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Dogs found abandoned on scorching tar roof in New Jersey

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NEWARK, N.J. — A pair of dogs suffered severe burns to their paw pads after being left on a tar roof in New Jersey on one of the hottest days of the year, according to NBC New York.

The Associated Humane Popcorn Park Shelter in Newark received a call regarding two dogs in distress on Friday and found a pit bull and a Yorkie abandoned on a rooftop. The dogs were said to be “dancing” frantically, trying to keep their paws from burning in the 96-degree heat.

“The Yorkie continuously ran to the edge of the roof to try to find an area that would not burn her further while the pit bull, covered in hot tar, had nearly given up hope,” the shelter posted on Facebook. “No one was at home at the residence and while there were trays of chicken legs and rice on the roof, there was not a drop of water in sight. Feces covered the roof as well so apparently, this is where these poor dogs live.”

The shelter reported that someone who claimed to own the Yorkie said she was out of town and had entrusted someone else with caring for the dog, but the shelter couldn’t find the caretaker.

The dogs were taken to an emergency veterinary hospital and later taken to a separate clinic for recovery. The dogs’ current conditions are not immediately known.