UPDATE 5 – Photo Release – Dog Set on Fire Remains in Intensive Care


TAMPA, Fla. – Hope’s healing process continues at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Tampa with special attention being given to one of her burned eyes.

Hope is a 1-year-old female, mixed-breed dog who was reportedly set on fire by her owner in Arcadia, Fla., last month. Hope was placed with Hardee Animal Rescue Team, a non-profit organization that helps animals in need, and they brought her to BluePearl for treatment.

According to Dr. Tammy Miller Michau, a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist with BluePearl and one of the specialists overseeing Hope’s care, Hope will need to remain in BluePearl’s intensive care unit due to concerns about the healing of her left eye.

Because of burns to her eyes, some tissue has sloughed off of the center part of her left cornea, which has caused the tissue underneath it to become more fragile.

“As the eye continues with the healing process, her eye is attempting to grow blood vessels to try to heal the center of her cornea where the most damage was done, “Michau said. “In the meantime, we continue to watch her very closely in case we need to step in surgically to stabilize her eye to prevent it from rupturing.”

IMG_4648Hope is still expected to recover and retain her sight in both eyes, but the healing process is proving longer than initially expected.

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

People interested in donating to Hope’s care should make donations directly to HART, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, via their website at

The Arcadia Police Department, Department of Children and Families, Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the State Attorney’s Office are currently investigating.

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.