Saturday Night Social: Fergus, the Acid-Attacked Dog, Gets a New Home

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Grab some tissues because this SNS is going to make your eyes sweat. This past August, a golden retriever named Fergus was one of the first known victims in a series of acid attacks against dogs. He endured several surgeries for a third-degree burn along his back. The good news is, Fergus is doing well in his recovery and has even found a new home.


The pup has been adopted by a couple in Calabasas, reports NBC LA. Vic and Anngel Benoun plan to train Fergus to become a therapy dog so he can help other burn victims. “I was amazed at just how sweet and how trusting he was after what he’d been through,” Vic, Fergus’s new human dad, said. Hundreds of applications—some as far as France—came in from people wanting to adopt Fergus.

“I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” said Barbara Gayle of SoCal Golden Retriever Rescue. “What horror happens to you. Whatever your adversity, you can overcome it with grace and dignity and love. I think that’s who he is, that who this baby is.”


Since Fergus, at least nine dogs have suffered from these vicious attacks, which occurred in Southern California’s Antelope Valley. There is a $50,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the person or people responsible for the attacks.

Sorry to leave you crying like I am. Happy Saturday!

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