Severely burned dog under Blue Pearl care

Tampa, Florida -- A dog that was allegedly set on fire by her owner in Arcadia last week was transferred Sunday for treatment at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Tampa.

Doctors from BluePearl are treating the 1-year-old female mixed-breed dog that was named Hope by her rescuers with the Hardee Animal Rescue Team.

"We're very thankful for all of the public interest in helping Hope," said Leigh Sockalosky, president of HART. "Hope's will to survive along with her positive medical assessments made her a prime candidate for treatment and we are hopeful she will recover and have a much happier life."

Hope is currently in BluePearl's Intensive Care Unit and is being treated by board-certified critical care specialists. She will be assessed by a board-certified surgeon Monday afternoon to determine if surgery will be needed to assist in her recovery efforts.

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

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.


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