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UPDATE 6 – Photo Release – Dog Set on Fire Remains in Intensive Care, Eyes Improving

 

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TAMPA, Fla., (Apr. 15, 2014) – Dr. Helga Bleyaert, a board-certified veterinary surgeon with BluePearl Veterinary Partners who is overseeing Hope’s recovery in Tampa, performs laser therapy to Hope’s burn wounds to help assist with the healing process on Tuesday. (BluePearl Veterinary Partners Photo)

TAMPA, Fla. – One day after Hope’s former owner was arrested and charged with felony counts of arson and cruelty to animals, doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners say they continue to see improvements, especially with Hope’s eyes.

Hope is a 1-year-old female, mixed-breed dog who was allegedly set on fire by her owner in Arcadia, Fla., on March 20.

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TAMPA, Fla., (Apr. 15, 2014) – Hope, the mixed breed dog that was set on fire, waits patiently as her bandages are changed on Tuesday. (BluePearl Veterinary Partners Photo)

According to the Florida State Attorney’s Office in Arcadia, the Arcadia Police Department arrested Larry Wallace, 66, and charged him with one count of cruelty to animals, a 3rd-degree felony, and one count of arson, a 2nd-degree felony, on Monday.

On Tuesday, Dr. Tammy Miller Michau, a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist with BluePearl and one of the specialists overseeing Hope’s care, said Hope’s eyes have made significant improvements since last week and are in the best shape she has seen them.

Because of burns to her eyes, some of the tissue had sloughed off of the center part of her left cornea, which 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.

Hope is still expected to recover and retain her sight in both eyes.

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

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TAMPA, Fla., (Apr. 15, 2014) – Leigh Sockalosky, president of Hardee Animal Rescue Team, holds Hope on Tuesday before her daily bandage change. Sockalosky is in charge of HART, the organization who has undertaken the costs for Hope’s care, and visits her daily. (BluePearl Veterinary Partners Photo)

People interested in donating to Hope’s care should make donations directly to the Hardee Animal Rescue Team, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, via their website at hardeeanimalrescueteam.weebly.com

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TAMPA, Fla., (Apr. 15, 2014) – Dr. Helga Bleyaert, a board-certified veterinary surgeon with BluePearl Veterinary Partners who is overseeing Hope’s recovery in Tampa, applies bandages to Hope on Tuesday, while Leigh Sockalosky, president of Hardee Animal Rescue Team, holds Hope’s head and keeps her calm. (BluePearl Veterinary Partners Photo)

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.

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