WFLA News Channel 8 reporter Holly Bounds spoke with Cliff Ramey, with the State Attorney's Office, about the burned dog "Hope".
ARCADIA, FL (WFLA) -
It's a story that outraged News Channel 8 viewers and animal lovers around the world. More than one thousand of you commented on the WFLA Facebook page asking for answers.
On March 20, someone in Arcadia doused a helpless 1-year-old dog with kerosene and then set her on fire. Investigators think the dog's owner may be responsible for the horrific act.
The mixed-breed dog, who suffered burns to about 60-percent of her body, was brought to a veterinary trauma center here in Tampa Bay, with the hope that her life could be saved.
Doctors at Tampa's BluePearl Veterinary performed extensive treatments on the tough little survivor, who they now call "Hope".
Photos provided by the vet clinic show the extent of Hope's injuries; raw, burned skin and a tattered ear. The photos angered many News Channel 8 viewers who commented on our Facebook page-
"WFLA News Channel 8 Is there any more info? Why hasn't the owner been charged? Is she going back to that same house? With the same owner? Please tell me no," said Bella Michele Milo.
"The news article said the owner hasn't been charged yet because they weren't sure it was intentional? Are you serious? The dog didn't roll in kerosene and light the match itself! Ridiculous!" said Vicki Rogers Hicks
"Please tell me someone was arrested," said Marcia Garner.
"There should be serious consequences for animal abuse!!!" said Dyan Draper
"Who cares if the owner is "mentally stable"? A crime is a crime. Get that person off the streets and away from the community," said Chris O'Connell.
You asked and we dug up the answers to your questions, although you might not like what we discovered.
WFLA News Channel 8 reporter Holly Bounds spoke with Cliff Ramey, with the State Attorney's Office, who said no charges have been filed in the case.
Ramey told News Channel 8 the investigation into this case remains open and there are few details he can release. He says the case has generated interest from as far as Hawaii and Russia.
Holly is putting her story together right now and will have more from Cliff Ramey, plus she'll explain what kind of things investigators are looking into tonight at 6 p.m. on News Channel 8.