ALTOONA, Iowa - An Altoona family wants to know who burned their beloved dog with chemicals, and why.
The look in Boomer's eyes says it all. The five-year-old pit bull is in pain. Sometime last week, someone poured some type of caustic liquid, possibly acid, on Boomer's back while he was in his Altoona yard. His owners took him to the vet when they saw the open sores.
"They started examining him, trimmed the hair back, and ended up following this trail and found this one, this one, and all this down the back," Boomer's owner, Jeff Carstens said pointing to the lesions.
"In my mind I can't help but but think, Boomer's a pit bull. And this was directed only towards him," added Boomer's other owner, Lichele Nyberg. "It's heartbreaking."
Heartbreaking because Boomer is a gentle giant and a deeply loved part of the family. "Because he's not aggressive," Nyberg said fighting back tears. "I can't even imagine his reaction and if it hurt him at the time. How he felt, you know. It's frustrating."
Boomer's family just moved to Altoona a couple of months ago. They say they don't have any enemies and they've never had any complaints about Boomer because he's usually in the house, in his kennel, or being supervised in the yard. "He knows not to cross the driveway, knows his boundaries, and will listen if he's told, 'hey too far, don't go there.' He'll actually stop", Carstens said.
Boomer is on medication for the pain and to fight off infection. He is expected to ok. Nyberg doubts whoever did this with turn themselves in. She just wants to warn people that someone who could do this to a dog is still out there. "A normal person does not do that. To a pit bull, to any other breed of dog. You can't be normal. Those are severe burns," she said. "Who does that?"