Puppy severely burned seeking shelter during Hurricane Hermine

Posted at 8:41 AM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 08:43:00-04

OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- A six-week old puppy is recovering from severe burns sustained while seeking shelter during Hurricane Hermine.

Veterinarians at the Humane Society of Marion County say a mother dog protected her four pups from the harsh weather under a car.

Vets believe the car's hot tail pipe likely burned one of the puppies, saying the third-degree burns cover about 20 percent of the puppy's body. The dog will require two or three months of intensive therapy.

Vets say he has a fiery spirit and a good appetite.

NBC Miami reported that a volunteer with the animal shelter set up a GoFundMe account to raise funds to help pay for the puppy's medical treatment.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports the owner brought the dogs to the shelter and surrendered custody. The three other puppies are fine and will be adopted when they are old enough.

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