TAMPA, Fla. – A dog that was set on fire in Arcadia, Fla., was transferred Sunday to receive treatment at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Tampa, one of nine nationally recognized veterinary trauma centers in the U.S.
Doctors from BluePearl are treating the 1-year-old female mixed-breed dog that was named Hope by her rescuers with the Hardee Animal Rescue Team.
According to HART, Hope was allegedly set on fire by her owner Thursday morning in Arcadia.
“We’re very thankful for all of the public interest in helping Hope,” said Leigh Sockalosky, president of HART. “Hope’s will to survive along with her positive medical assessments made her a prime candidate for treatment and we are hopeful she will recover and have a much happier life.”
Hope is currently in BluePearl’s Intensive Care Unit and is being treated by board-certified critical care specialists. She will be assessed by a board-certified surgeon Monday afternoon to determine if surgery will be needed to assist in her recovery efforts.
People interested in donating to Hope’s care should make donations directly to HART, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps animals, via their website at hardeeanimalrescueteam.weebly.com
The Arcadia Police Department and the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office are currently investigating.
Anyone with any information related to the law enforcement aspect of Hope’s case is requested to contact the Arcadia Police Department at 863.494.2222 or the Florida State Fire Marshal Arson Tip Hotline at 877.662.7766.
About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,700 people including more than 450 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, Fla.