PARKLAND, Florida (CBSMiami) - Man's best friend was repaid in a big way byhis owner Tuesday night in Parkland when the dog burst into flames.
Everything started when Telma Botcherby, 50, said she treated thefamily dog, Ruby, with flea and tick spray before the dog laid down onits pet bed. Telma saw a live tick on the floor and attempted to burnthe tick with a lighter when things went out of control.
Ruby got scared and jumped across where she attempting to burn thetick. When Ruby jumped, it burst into flames. As Telma screamed, herhusband Jess, grabbed the dog and ran to the family pool and jumped inwith 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 herabdomen and insider of her back legs.
While Jess was being treated, deputies and fire rescue workers triedto find a veterinary hospital that would treat the dog. The familydidn't have the money to take the dog to an emergency facility rightaway, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.
Dr. Peter's Animal Hospital in Margate took Ruby in for treatment free of charge. Rubywas still at the animal hospital receiving treatment as of Wednesday afternoon.
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