BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - Animal lovers from around the world are watching the recovery of "Hope" via Facebook. The Sharpei puppy burned alive after being doused with kerosene is alert and responding to care. WINK News reporter Michael Francis was there Sunday as Hope was whisked from Bonita Springs to Tampa for her next round of treatment.
An animal burn unit in Tampa is where hope will be treated by a team of veterinary trauma doctors and dermatologists. Hope's treatment will be hypobaric burn therapy just like any human burn victim.
The Hardee Animal Rescue Team from Wauchula is Hope's team of angels. But, funding Hope's medical bills that could top $20,000. Since this story has gone global though Facebook, donations are coming in from Thailand, Germany, England, Australia and from across the United States.
"How long will this take, I don't know," Leigh Sockalosky, President of HART said. "They'll evaluate her and we'll update
on Facebook to let everyone know how she is doing."
The decision not to euthanize and to treat Hope was made after watching her wag her tail and seeing her nuzzle everyone who held her.
The State Fire Marshal and Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating the case and WINK News is working to find out who that dog's owner is.
If you'd like to donate to help Hope, you can find out more information at: http://hardeeanimalrescueteam.weebly.com/help-us-help-them.html