UPDATE: Dog intentionally set on fire by child continues his long road to recovery

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On April 22, 2021, a friendly dog returned home in Senatobia, Mississippi dragging an extension cord around his neck; his face blackened, his fur burned off, blinded and completely charred.

The Labrador retriever, who had been discovered in shock had been set on fire; most of the burns involved his face.  Just days later, the Tate County’s Sheriff’s Office released a statement that a child under the age of 12 had purposely set Buddy on fire, but no criminal charges could be pursued because of the child’s age.

The Tunica Humane Society has been caring for Buddy who has undergone numerous surgeries and skin grafts at Mississippi State Veterinary College.

On Monday, Buddy’s latest update reminds us all how forgiving dogs are;  he remains a happy dog and still wags his tail and laps up the affection given to him by staff and volunteers.

Buddy will remain under care of Dr. Swanson at the college until his wounds are completely healed. He still has a small area in the middle of his brow that has not healed. His eyelids still have a way to go before his eyes are unbandaged, and it is hoped that in August Buddy will be able to return to the Tunica Humane Society for his care.

“Buddy has undergone a series of 5 skin grafts. Now that his bandages aren’t so restrictive, you can see the new skin on his snout. It’s beautiful pink and healthy. Now that his ears are loose from the bandages, he is much happier and more playful. I am sure he is feeling so much joy as he slowly gets his life back to normal. He will soon have been in the hospital 3 months.”

Buddy will be spending time back at the shelter in order for his rescuers to become familiar with his personality – his likes, his dislikes – who he gets along with and all those situations needed to determine where Buddy could eventually call home.

Also remember, Buddy used to be bonded pals with another dog named Snoop, who  was picked up by the Senatobia Animal Shelter a few days after Buddy and has since been waiting at the Tunica Humane Society. Once Buddy is discharged from Mississippi State, he will hopefully be reunited with his best friend.

“We can’t wait to reunite these two. Nothing more comforting than spending time with an old friend.”
We all can not wait to see Buddy’s beautiful face again, but we will be patient.

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  1. Cindy Armstrong says:

    I don’t care if it was a kid or not
    He torchetrd that poor dog
    And should be punished. So sad that kid is straight up evil !



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