Puppy survives arson that killed its littermates
November 6, 2007
BY BEN SCHMITT
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
She's a pit bull puppy affectionately dubbed Miracle -- and she may need another one to survive.
Veterinarians are trying to save the puppy, the sole survivor of a litter of five that died Saturday night in an arson at an abandoned home on the west side of Detroit.Neighbors reported that a group of teens took the puppies into the abandoned home on the 7400 block of Faust and fled after setting a fire,
said Detroit Police Officer Jennifer Halfacer. Some of the other puppies were found hog-tied.
"It was really sad and disgusting," said Halfacer, who came up with the name Miracle.
After Detroit firefighters pulled 2-month-old Miracle from the burning house, Halfacer took her to Almost Home Animal Rescue in Oakland County, where she volunteers.
On Sunday, the rescue service moved the bandaged dog to Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in Bloomfield Hills.
Veterinarians said Miracle has first-, second- and third-degree burns on her body.
"Right now her chances are somewhat guarded," Dr. Karen Fidell, a veterinarian, said Monday. "It's 50-50 at best. She's been treated for some very serious burns."
The fire and animal abuse are under investigation.
Anyone wishing to donate to Miracle's care can call the veterinary services emergency relief number, 248-334-6877.
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