Myriam Ortellado

It took so many hours to get him clean - but now he's fluffy and happy.

No one can say for certain if it was a tragic accident, or some wanton act of cruelty, that led to this poor pup being covered from head to tail in thick, sticky tar - but there is no doubt that it was love and patience that finally got him clean.

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Two kindhearted young men discovered the dog earlier this week wandering alone down a street in Lanus, Argentina.

With little they could for the dog themselves, the men asked for help from a police officer, and together they transported the tar-covered animal to a veterinary clinic. From there, volunteers from the animal rescue group Zoonosis Lanus were called in to assist.