TAMPA – An American Staffordshire terrier who was severely burned in an arson fire is now getting advanced medical care 24 hours a day in the BluePearl Veterinary Partners Intensive Care Unit.
“Knowing that she has such a fan club is inspiring,” said Dr. Lee, who has been surgically treating the deep wounds covering Denali’s back.
“There’s a whole bunch of good people out there that can make things better,” said Rick Chaboudy of the Suncoast Animal League. “Like Dr. Lee said, it’s like a marathon run through the mountains – all the ups and downs and turns.”
After more than a week in the BluePearl hospital, Denali’s deep wounds are starting to show improvement. But those burns also are causing her severe pain, so Denali is being treated with multiple medications. Her progress is being monitored around the clock by veterinarians and veterinary nurses.
BluePearl’s hospitals in Tampa, Clearwater, Brandon and Sarasota are open 24/7 every day of the year for emergencies, and they also offer surgery, internal medicine, ophthalmology, oncology and other forms of specialized medical care for pets.
The Suncoast Animal League has been posting regular updates about the dog’s condition on its Facebook page, using the hashtag #TeamDenali and #JusticeForDenali.