There is new Hope this morning for a dog that needs a lot of it.
Rescuers in Tampa are nursing Hope back to shape – but veterinarians tell us that the road ahead is a long one for the 1-year-old mixed breed.
Hope's story has caused an outcry in the Tampa Bay area. She was reportedly set on fire last week by her owner in Arcadia, Fla.
She was brought to a Blue Pearl trauma center in Tampa to get the critical care she needs.
"The rescue group brought her some chicken last night, and she thought that was pretty good," said Dr. Sonja Olson, one of Hope's caretakers. "It's encouraging that she's feeling like eating.
Doctors estimate there are burns on 60 to 70 percent of Hope's body. Her eyes were burned, so it remains to be seen how her vision will be affected.
"There are some deeper wounds that will require bandaging for a longer period of time," Olson said. "She'll probably be in the hospital for a week, but there's a longer period of time through our facility and her family vet that we'll be working on wound care."
"I think she's going to do OK."
Olson said the next step in the process is to look at Hope's damaged eyes. Doctors will start doing that Tuesday.
As for Hope's long-term future, Olson said she believes Hope could still be a good dog for someone someday.
"I think she's going to make a great pet someday," Olson said.
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