Dog set on fire allowed to go home for weekend as she continues long road to recovery

While she continues her long road to recovery, the animal hospital where she is getting treatment allowed her to spend the weekend at home with her foster mom.

SAN ANTONIO — You might remember a horrific story we brought you last month about a dog named Phoenix, who police say was set on fire by a man in Nixon, Texas.

Phoenix lost 90% of her fur and her ears had to be amputated.  

While she continues her long road to recovery, the animal hospital where she is getting treatment allowed her to spend the weekend at home with her foster mom.

“She’s actually doing amazingly well. Her pain is controlled, which is why they let her come home,” said Ashley Book, Medical Director, 4 Little Paws Rescue.

Last month Phoenix showed up on a Nixon woman’s porch crying in pain for help.

Through multiple surgeries all the burned skin had to be taken off and she’s had skin grafts to allow her skin to grow, but she’s not out of the woods yet.

“Several more graft procedures. She will need an eye surgery because she has a contracture that’s pulling her eyelid up. They’ll have to release that so it can fold back down,” said Book.

She’s also getting physical therapy to help with mobility and gain muscle, which she had lost while recovering. This weekend at home is meant to give her some rest and quiet time.

“See how she does in the home environment, but she will go back depending on what they find on Monday will determine whether or not she’s going to have to stay again in the hospital for a little bit longer,” said Book.

Joining Phoenix in her recovery has been the community standing with her. A GoFundMe was setup to help with medical cost and has raised more than $43,000.

“It’s amazing, and it keeps coming in and it’s she’s going to need continued care,” said Book.

Many have asked where Phoenix’s forever home will be once she fully recovers. Her foster mom Ashley says that’s already been decided.

“I pretty much think I’m going to be her future mom. She’s captured everybody’s hearts, and, least of not was mine,” said Book.

If you would like to help Phoenix on her road to recovery you can click the link to the GoFundMe here.

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