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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Police are searching for information of how a dog that was found on Thursday received severe burns.

The Guilford County Animal Shelter is treating a two-year-old Chihuahua that came in Thursday with 3rd degree burns on 30-40% of his body.

Greensboro police are investigating and at this point police are unsure if the dog's burns were accidental or intentional.

Animal shelter staff is calling the timid dog Rocko.

"[He's a ] really sweet dog but a little afraid. He's just, he's in so much pain, he's really cautious when you go up to touch him," said Marsha Williams, director of the Guilford County Animal Shelter.

Animal shelter staff is calling the timid dog Rocko.

A veterinarian gave Rocko his first procedure to treat the burn wounds Friday afternoon and expects Rocko to make a full recovery. Treating him is expected to take sometime.

Guilford County Animal Control received a call about the burned dog around 1 p.m. Thursday. They picked him up near the intersection of Vincent Street and Preyer Court, in the Summit Hills neighborhood in north Greensboro.

A Greensboro detective has not determined who Rocko's owner is.

"My first inclination was that he was abused, or neglected if nothing else because he should've gone to a veterinarian and had these wounds treated," Williams said.

Williams believes Rocko got burned sometime within the last five days. "So someone owned this dog and did not take it to the veterinarian,"  said the shelter's director.

Shelter staff saved some of the dog's burned skin removed during Rocko's first procedure. The skin will go to a lab so Greensboro police can find out if any chemicals were thrown on Rocko.

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