Dog burned in arson fire gets advanced care at BluePearl


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.

Dr. Sylvia Lee of BluePearl said she is heartened by the number of people who have rallied to help the dog, named Denali, who was rescued by the Suncoast Animal League.

“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.”

Denali was severely burned in a Pasco County arson fire that has been covered in media reports. Lee said Denali suffered from chemical burns on her back, covering about 35 percent of her back.

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.