Blue Pearl

Published: Apr 09, 2014 2:37 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. – Hope's healing process continues at BluePearl Veterinary hospital 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 set on fire 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.”

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

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 hardeeanimalrescueteam.weebly.com

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