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Rescuers: Owner set dog on fire; dog survives

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Rescuers: Owner set dog on fire; dog survives

By Andrew Murphy. CREATED Mar 21, 2014

ARCADIA, Fla. (FOX 13) - FOX 13 in Tampa Bay is reporting a disturbing case of animal cruelty in Desoto County.

A group of children found a dog on fire Thursday morning, and if it wasn't for a volunteer animal rescuer driving by, it probably would have died.

The dog suffered serious burns and the Hardee Animal Rescue Team (HART) has taken it in for treatment. They've named her Hope.

Investigators say Hope was lit on fire by her owner in Arcadia. No charges have been filed yet.

Hope is doing well, considering the extent of her injuries. She was bandaged up, and she's even able to wag her tail.

The fire marshal is still investigating the incident.

More images of the dog are on FOX 13's website, they are extremely graphic. 

If you'd like to donate to help Hope's recovery, you can send them to HART.