An Arcadia, Florida dog that was set on fire by her owner last week is now in a Tampa trauma center recovering. The dog has been named “Hope” and has suffered nearly 70% of burns to her body, including her eyes. Authorities are still investigating the case, but preliminary reports state her owner doused her with kerosene then set her ablaze. A stunning turn of events resulted in her discovery and transportation to a veterinarian facility where she immediately underwent treatment. Hope was first under the care of the Hardee Animal Rescue Team but is now under the care of the Blue Pearl Trauma Center located in Tampa, Florida. Hope’s owner has not been identified and no arrests have been made. The case is open and currently under investigation.
The DeSoto County, Florida Sheriff’s department is investigating whether the owner intentionally set Hope on fire and if mental instability factored in. There has been a great deal of silence regarding the identity of the owner and whether any criminal charges will be filed. Hope arrived at the Blue Pearl on Sunday, March 23, 2014.
WFLA spoke with one of the veterinarians caring for Hope. Dr. John Gicking stated, “She won't be normal, ever. She'll have significant scarring; she has a long road ahead of her, including numerous surgeries she's going to need down the road, as well as a long term healing for her skin.”
The Hardee Animal Rescue Team has established a fund for Hope that is providing for her care and treatment. You may find out more about HART and how they are helping Hope on their official Facebook age.