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Dog who was burned and abused gets a second chance at life

Titan was abused but has been rescued by Marley's Mutts. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Four-year-old Titan carefully climbs out of the back seat of a pickup truck. He looks timid and scared as his paws touch the asphalt.

Titan is a pit bull mix and was rescued three days ago by Zach and Heather Skow of Marley's Mutts. Titan is covered in bloody wounds. His face and body have severe chemical burns, and his body shows other signs of abuse.

"In all of my years of rescue, I have never seen anything this bad," said Heather Skow. "This is just so heartbreaking."

Three days ago, a vigilant neighbor called police after seeing a group of kids torturing Titan at Heritage Park. After close examination, animal caregivers were able to see that Titan has endured a lot of trauma throughout his life.

"Whoever did this, we believe did it over a long period of time," said Heather Skow.

The dog was taken to the Kern County Animal Services, and the Skows took him in and are fostering him back to health.

"One of his eyes is in really really bad shape," said Heather Show. "He might actually end up losing it."

Despite all of the abuse Titan has gone through, she said he still loves and trusts people.

"The fact that a human hurt him and did this to him but he forgot about it, and he's just present," she said. "I mean, it just goes to show how amazing these creatures really are."

Titan still has a long road to recovery, but his future looks bright. In the past three days, the community has raised more than $7,000 to nurse him back to health. He is going to live with the Skows until he is healed, and then he will be put up for adoption.

Marley's Mutts is also offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest. They are trying to find the person or people responsible for torturing Titan.

For more information, visit their website.

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