BluePearl doctor treats dog set on fire, left for dead in dumpster


BLAINE, Minn. – Phoenix, an approximately 5-month old Siberian husky-mix, awaits surgery Tuesday to repair burn wounds he suffered. (BluePearl Veterinary Partners Photo)

BLAINE, Minn. – A dog that was allegedly set on fire and left in a dumpster last month saw a specialty surgeon at BluePearl Veterinary Partners referral medicine hospital in Blaine Tuesday.


BLAINE, Minn. – The paw of Phoenix, an approximately 5-month old Siberian husky-mix who was found on fire in February, is extended as he awaits surgery Tuesday to repair burn wounds he suffered. (BluePearl Veterinary Partners Photo)

The 5-month-old Siberian husky mix, named Phoenix by rescuers, was seen by Dr. Judith Feldsien, a board-certified specialist in veterinary surgery at BluePearl. Feldsien moved a flap of skin over a wound on one of Phoenix’s knees. She was also able to partially close another wound on his back.

According to Feldsien, Phoenix may still have to go through another surgery down the road, but she is hopeful for his future.

“He seems to be doing fantastic, given all that he’s been through, and we’re optimistic that he will one day have a normal life,” said Feldsien.

According to reports, a good Samaritan found Phoenix on fire inside a trash dumpster at the Redby transfer station near the village of Redby on the Red Lake Indian Reservation on Feb. 20.

Several rescue groups worked together to transport the dog more than 260 miles to receive specialized treatment.

DSC_0107“We’re grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support from the community, South Hyland Pet Hospital in Bloomington and BluePearl Veterinary Partners,” said Dr. Vicki Schulz, with ACT V Rescue & Rehabilitation, an animal rescue group and 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, which has undertaken the cost of the Phoenix’s care. “While money for Phoenix’s expenses has been raised and covered, we’re always in need of additional funds to help other dogs and cats like Phoenix who need advanced care.”

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About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs 2,400 team members including more than 500 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, FL.