WHY? WHY? WHY? Every day I think I’ve heard some of the worst depravities that man can visit on ‘man’s best friend’ and then I hear another!

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MaximusA Long Island animal shelter is reaching out to the public for help after a dog was found bound to a tree and set on fire last week.

Veterinarians from the Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue center in Port Jefferson have been caring for “Maximus,” a mixed breed who suffered severe burns after someone chained him to a tree, doused him with gasoline, and set him on fire in Brentwood. The badly burned animal was found by a resident and taken immediately to the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island for emergency care.

Maximus suffered second- and third-degree burns on more than 60 percent of his body and medical expenses have totaled more than $3,000 for his aid.

Veterinarian Dori Scofield, Director of Save-A-Pet, has been caring for Maximus and saysMaximus his chances for survival are good, but she’s asking for donations from the public in order to continue caring for the lovable pet, who’s maintained high spirits despite his pain.

“We can’t allow such horrific crimes be committed against our companion animals. Although Maximus has made progress, he needs a great deal of treatment and has a long road of recovery ahead,” Scofield said.

MaximusMaximus was said to be “alert and friendly to everyone at the VMCLI, wagging his tail and licking the staff caring for him.”

Once he fully recovers, Maximus will be up for adoption at the center. Neither his former owners or the perpetrators who left him to die have been found.

For more information about Maximus and how to contribute to his medical treatment, call (631) 473-6333 or click here. (WCBSTV)

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