TAMPA, Fla. – A 1-year-old mixed-breed female dog named Hope that is currently being treated for burns in the intensive care unit at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Tampa, one of nine nationally recognized veterinary trauma centers in the U.S., is making progress and was seen by more veterinary specialists Tuesday.
Dr. Tammy Miller Michau, a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist with BluePearl Veterinary Partners, examined and continued treatment on Hope’s eyes Tuesday.
Michau performed a complete eye exam including a corneal cytology to look for an infection.
According to Michau, the left eye has a good prognosis, but there is some concern with the right eye due to some loss of the corneal structure.
“We’re hoping to stop it from progressing with medical therapy,” said Michau. “If it gets any worse, though, we should be able to repair it with surgery.”
Hope was allegedly set on fire by her owner Thursday morning in Arcadia, Fla., according to members of the Hardee Animal Rescue Team.
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.