MILWAUKEE (WITI) — She was stolen, set on fire and left to die — but somehow, she survived. Now, a five-year-old dog is fighting back — and hopefully on the road to recovery.
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The dog’s name is Beatrice, and she is a five-year-old mutt from the Humane Society. Just a month ago, she was a loving and healthy dog — but since she was found on March 24th, her life has been hanging in the balance.
“The first few days were kind of touch and go,” Dr. Marla Lichtenberger said.
There is a smile in Beatrice’s eyes that shows the sweetness of her personality.
“She’s incredible. She’s a great dog. Really friendly and just loves everybody,” Dr. Lichtenberger said.
It was Beatrice’s personality that may have caused her harm on March 13th. She was in the backyard of her Wells Street home with two other dogs.
“The other dog went absolutely crazy, so I ran back to the door and the other dog came in and (Beatrice) was no where to be found,” Karen Smith-Burns said.
11 days later, she got a phone call.
“(Beatrice) was seen down at Potawatomi Casino where a concerned person called MADACC to pick her up,” Smith-Burns said.
“She was found cold and with burns on all of her body,” Lichtenberger said.
“They started an IV to give her fluid. Gave her some pain medicine and covered up her burns,” Smith-Burns said.
Beatrice was then taken to the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals — where Dr. Lichtenberger began to care for her.
“She’s going to lose a large part of her skin. She’s probably burned about 90% of her body,” Lichtenberger said.
Beatrice’s skin is falling off, and there are other issues due to the severity of her burns.
“She lost part of her ear because it was burnt until it was charred,” Smith-Burns said.
“She’s on pain medication. She’s on antibiotics. I think our lesions are going to heal,” Lichtenberger said.
Meanwhile, the search is on to find the person or persons who would do something like this.
“Animal Fairy Charities, which is a charity program for animals, is putting out a reward to find any information or any tips on the person that did this so we can stop this and find that person,” Lichtenberger said.
Beatrice, remarkably, is expected to make a full recovery.
Smith-Burns is an emergency room nurse, who says she is doing everything she can to keep Beatrice comfortable.
If you have any information in this case, you’re asked to call Milwaukee police.
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