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Hardee County dog doused with kerosene and lit on fire holding her own

Hope's recovery will be long and expensive, but HART says they want to see it through for this young dog.

After the heart wrenching discovery in Arcadia, Fla., on Thursday afternoon, of a one-year-old Sharpei mixed breed dog doused with kerosene while chained to her dog house and then set on fire by the owner allegedly flicking a lit cigarette, the dog is still holding her own despite her egregious injuries.

Early Saturday morning, the Hardee Animal Rescue Team, (HART) the organization committed to helping the dog named Hope (Kary Blaze), posted the following on their Facebook page about the dog's slight improvement:

"Hope is doing well this and still wagging her tail. Her blood levels are good, protein a little low but they are monitoring. Bandages have been redressed. Pictures will follow soon. Please share so everyone knows keep prayers coming they are working.God Bless everyone who has cried for her thought of her or donated to her care!

...Just spoke with the specialist and Hope has eaten some baby food keeping it down. Still in good spirits.Prayers are working Thank You Everyone!"

Children saw the egregious animal torture take place and neighbors immediately came to the dog's rescue. The Arcadia Police Department are investigating, and have stated the owner suffers from Alzheimer's. They are now trying to determine if the act was intentional or if the owner was in the "right state of mind" when this terrible deed occurred.

Medical expenses for Hope at Southwest Florida Veterinary Hospital are more than $5,000. If you would like to help with this dog's recovery, please click here.

More photos will be published soon by HART. Follow Hope's progress on Facebook by clicking here.

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