UPDATE 7 – Hope to be Discharged from BluePearl on Tuesday

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TAMPA, Fla., – Hope, a dog who was set on fire in Arcadia, Fla., in March, relaxes outside at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Tampa on Thursday, April 24, while wearing a pair of sunglasses for dogs that were donated to her by a person who saw her story. Hope has been receiving treatment at BluePearl’s intensive care unit since March 23, and is scheduled to be discharged Tuesday, April 29. (BluePearl Veterinary Partners Photo)

TAMPA, Fla. – A dog who was set on fire in Arcadia, Fla., in March is scheduled to be discharged from the intensive care unit at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Tampa on Tuesday.

The female, mixed-breed dog, named Hope by her rescuers, will still require daily veterinary care, but will no longer require 24-hour intensive care at BluePearl.

She is scheduled to be released to members of the Hardee Animal Rescue Team at 3 p.m. on Tuesday. HART will continue to look after Hope until she is fully recovered. She will return to BluePearl peridoically to have her progress monitored, but will receive her daily treatment at the Hardee Animal Clinic.

After an investigation of the March incident by the Arcadia Police Department, Department of Children and Families, Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Florida State Attorney’s Office, Hope’s former owner, Larry Wallace, 66, was arrested on April 14, and charged with one count of cruelty to animals, a 3rd-degree felony, and one count of arson, a 2nd-degree felony.

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 continuing care should make donations directly to the Hardee Animal Rescue Team, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, via their website at

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.