file photo (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
PARKLAND, Florida (CBSMiami) - Man's best friend was repaid in a big way by
his owner Tuesday night in Parkland when the dog burst into flames.
Everything started when Telma Botcherby, 50, said she treated the
family dog, Ruby, with flea and tick spray before the dog laid down on
its pet bed. Telma saw a live tick on the floor and attempted to burn
the tick with a lighter when things went out of control.
Ruby got scared and jumped across where she attempting to burn the
tick. When Ruby jumped, it burst into flames. As Telma screamed, her
husband Jess, grabbed the dog and ran to the family pool and jumped in
with the dog in his arms.
Jess received second degree burns to roughly 25 percent of his body,
mainly on his forearms, chest, and face. Ruby suffered burns to her
abdomen and insider of her back legs.
While Jess was being treated, deputies and fire rescue workers tried
to find a veterinary hospital that would treat the dog. The family
didn't have the money to take the dog to an emergency facility right
away, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.
Dr. Peter's Animal Hospital in Margate took Ruby in for treatment free of charge. Ruby was still at the animal hospital receiving treatment as of Wednesday afternoon.
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