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Dog recovering at Tampa veterinary hospital after being set on fire

A dog badly burned when its owner reportedly set it on fire is continuing her recovery at the BluePearl Veterinary specialty and emergency hospital in Tampa.

Doctors from BluePearl gave the dog, named Hope, an antiseptic wash Monday afternoon, which helped with the removal of dead skin and bad tissue. She was also given her sixth laser therapy treatment and remains in BluePearl's intensive care unit. The clinic also released a video showing the dog being cared for.

"So far, Hope is doing very well in response to our treatment plan," said Dr. Helga Bleyaert, who is overseeing Hope's case. "I'm still a little concerned about her eyes, but we should know more on Tuesday when our ophthalmologists take another look at them."

The Arcadia Police Department and the Florida State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating the incident, which happened March 20.

Donations are being sought for Hope's treatment through the Hardee Animal Rescue Team (visit their website at hardeeanimalrescueteam.weebly.com). As of Tuesday morning, more than $42,600 had been pledged for her treatment.

Stephanie Baker, a critical care and intensive care unit technician at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Tampa, helps bandage Hope, a 1-year-old female mixed breed dog that was found after being lit on fire.

BluePearl Veterinary Partners

Stephanie Baker, a critical care and intensive care unit technician at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Tampa, helps bandage Hope, a 1-year-old female mixed breed dog that was found after being lit on fire.

Dog recovering at Tampa veterinary hospital after being set on fire 04/01/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 8:41am]
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