UPDATE 4 – Photo/Video Release – Dog Set on Fire Recovering at BluePearl

TAMPA, Fla. – Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Tampa said Monday that Hope, the badly burned dog, is doing well with her healing and recovery.

Doctors from BluePearl gave Hope an antiseptic wash Monday afternoon, which helped with the removal of dead skin and bad tissue. She was also given her sixth laser therapy treatment and remains in BluePearl’s intensive care unit.


(BluePearl Veterinary Partners Photo – Mar. 31, 2014)

“So far, Hope is doing very well in response to our treatment plan,” said Dr. Helga Bleyaert, a board-certified veterinary surgeon at BluePearl who is overseeing Hope’s case. “I’m still a little concerned about her eyes, but we should know more on Tuesday when our ophthalmologists take another look at them.”

BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Tampa is one of nine nationally recognized veterinary trauma centers in the U.S.

According to the Hardee Animal Rescue Team, Hope was allegedly set on fire by her owner Thursday morning in Arcadia, Fla.

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

The Arcadia Police Department and the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office are currently investigating.


(BluePearl Veterinary Partners Photo – Mar. 31, 2014)

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.