Near Tampa, Florida, a woman is alleged to have set fire to her estranged husband’s favorite dog as revenge after the couple broke up, and the woman was moving out of their Pasco County home. The dog, named Denali is suffering from severe burns and is being cared for by the Suncoast Animal League.
Denali, a 55-pound American Staffordshire terrier, had been one of eight dogs in the home, and as Brandi Corrigan, 40, packed up her personal belongings, she also trashed the house. That, however wasn’t all Corrigan is suspected to having done. According to Channel10News, Corrigan had painted graffiti inside and outside and dumped paint throughout the interior. She placed Denali in a separate room, poured an accelerant on her back and neck, and then set the house on fire.
According to the Suncoast Animal League Facebook page, five of the dogs in the home suffered smoke inhalation and have since recovered. The dogs have been placed with family and friends.Two other dogs, including Denali were taken to the Pasco Animal Services, but as Denali’s burn injuries escalated, he was rushed to the Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners for emergency treatment. Dr. Sylvia Lee had considered humane euthanasia because of the dog’s intense pain, however Denali has a strong will to live.
Denali’s condition remains critical, and she has undergone several surgeries to remove necrotic skin. On Saturday, veterinarians were pleased with the dog’s progress as well as her pain management program. Whenever a dog has regained their appetite to eat, it’s always a positive sign.
“…her skin in other areas is healing and granulating nicely. We have also found out that Denali has a pretty good appetite and is eating her dog food without any issues. That’s big. And, it has been discovered that she has a favorite treat…chunky peanut butter.”
Her prognosis is encouraging, but it is a day to day challenge, yet her tail still wags when her name is called as she freely gives out kisses.
“Denali’s roller coaster ride continues and as we ride with her and keep you updated, our posts may contain some of those up and down moments. As Dr. Lee explained to us, with wound care and healing, ‘There will be good days and bad, and we are having more good days than bad.’ Please bear with us because this ain’t easy!”
Brandi Corrigan, has been charged with arson and possession of narcotics but not with animal abuse. She remains in the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center. Her bond is set at $55,300. Her husband, who works in private security, is in Iraq.
But then there is always hope. Check out the “baby steps.” Get well soon Denali. You have lots of fans cheering for your recovery.
To help with Denali’s medical expenses, donations can be made by clicking here.
(Photos and video of dog who was victim of estranged wife’s revenge via Suncoast Animal League)
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