Kansas City, MO – At just 6 months of age, Phoenix, a Black lab puppy, has experienced more pain and suffering than most living creatures experience in a lifetime.
Phoenix was burned on Thursday – he has severe burns over 40 percent of his body – burns so severe that he may even lose his ears.
Phoenix suffered for 14 agonizing hours after being doused with gasoline and set on fire – fourteen hours with no pain relief, no treatment for his burn ravaged body.
His owner, Maria Alarcon, finally took Phoenix to a free clinic for treatment. She initially claimed that he was a stray that she was trying to help – she later admitted that the puppy belonged to her and that she did not have the money to get him help…which is why she delayed bringing him to someone that could provide treatment.
Alarcon claims that the puppy is “like family” to her – yet he lived outdoors in with a wooden box-like structure for shelter. It was in this outdoor area that Phoenix was cruelly attacked.
Neighbors has reported seeing two teens running from the yard on Thursday – teens which may be responsible for the puppy’s horrifying injuries.
Anyone that may have information on this heart-wrenching case of animal cruelty is asked to phone the Kansas City Animal Control at (816) 513-1313.
As for Phoenix – he has a long, expensive road to recovery ahead of him. He will require numerous skin graft surgeries and ongoing veterinary care for some time.
Anyone hoping to help Phoenix get the care that he needs to recovery can do so by donating to Love 4 Paws Rescue.
Donations can also be mailed to:
Love 4 Paws, PO Box 13305, Overland Park, KS 66282
Alarcon is facing animal cruelty/neglect charges as a result of her delay in seeking help for the severely burned puppy.
Some information included from: NBC Action News
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