Phoenix, a one-year-old pooch, has extensive burns on more than half of her body and faces a long road of recovery.
Despite all that, the pup is in good spirits, said Erin Deems, executive director at Saving Grace Animal Society in Alix.
The central Saskatchewan puppy arrived in Red Deer on Sunday evening.
Deems said that based on conversations with the RCMP, she understands the dog was tied to a fence and “some individuals had lit the grass around the fence; and the dog and the fence caught on fire.”
The animal advocate said she doesn’t know if the fire was started intentionally or not. Police are investigating, she added.
Saving Grace Animal Society offered to assist with Phoenix’s recovery when it heard she needed immediate help.
“We were the first ones willing to hand over the money to help this animal because she didn’t have time on her side. She needed help now,” Deems said, adding the first assessment cost more than $1,000.
The pitbull mix was in emergency care in Regina for the initial assessment.
Deems said there’s a long period of recovery – about $7,000 to $10,000 worth – which includes ongoing care for the next couple of months.
“We feel confident she will make a full recovery and we’re rooting for her.”
Despite the third-degree burns on her body, Phoenix is acting like a happy, normal pup. Deems said the dog is probably still dealing with pain, but she doesn’t show it.
“If you couldn’t see her body, you wouldn’t be able to tell there’s anything wrong with her,” said Deems.
The effort to care for Phoenix has raised more than $4,000 since the animal organization posted her brief story on Facebook. Deems said the money is coming from all over Western Canada.
Saving Grace Animal Society is still looking for donations to help with Phoenix’s recovery. Donations can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.