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People at an animal rescue organization said they're working to help a puppy that is suffering from chemical burns all over her body, probably the result of being fed and doused in bleach.

The Mission-based organization, Unleashed, said it rescued three puppies after what it calls the worst case of animal abuse it's ever seen.

Two of the puppies are being nursed back to health, but the third, Bridget, is in bad shape.

Danielle Reno said the 8-month-old Lab mix suffered burns to her body, face, back, eyes and throat. She's recovering from a surgery aimed at saving her life.

"We were horrified," said Reno. "We could tell she had some sort of burns on her. Her eyes were matted shut."

Unleashed found out about the dogs from a Craigslist post. A good Samaritan was trying to get the dogs away from an abuser.

"A friend of the owner saw they were being abused, and posted an ad on Craigslist and just wanted to get them out of the home," said Reno.

Bridget is in the worst condition of the three dogs, but all had been left out in the elements.

"All of the puppies were left in the storms we had this last week. It was horrible," Reno said.

Bridget also had what appeared to be a metal nut in her stomach. The metal and the chemical burns left her unable to eat.

While everyone at Unleashed hopes she makes it, the rescuers told police and animal control officers what they know. They're hopeful charges are brought against the abuser.

"I'd love to see worse happen to him, but that's not up to me," said Reno.

Bridget will have her eyes checked out by a doctor on Tuesday. Her two sisters, Gidget and Fidget, are doing much better and will be available for adoption in a couple of weeks.

Unleashed is helping to raise money to cover Bridget's veterinary expenses. You can learn more about that here.

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