SALT LAKE CITY — Dixie, the canine deliberately set on hearth and left close to a freeway in Magna earlier this week, stays in important situation, officers from Salt Lake County Animal Companies stated Thursday.

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The canine is affected by second- and third-degree burns over most of her physique after Monday’s incident. Dixie’s household says her kidneys are failing and veterinarians are frightened about her burns turning into an an infection.

“Hoping and praying that she’s going to pull via all this, Dixie won’t ever be the identical they stated if she does pull via she’s going to doubtless solely be 60-80% of what she use to be, however that may be a lengthy shot,” stated Dixie’s proprietor, Trista Heywood, on a GoFundMe web page set as much as increase cash for the canine’s medical payments.

Michael Busico, 40, was arrested after police say he took Dixie from his ex-girlfriend’s dwelling and lit the canine on hearth earlier than setting it unfastened alongside North Frontage Street close to Interstate 80.

“The Animal Management Officers and employees are devastated by what occurred to Dixie,” stated Callista Pearson of Salt Lake County Animal Companies.“No pet ought to undergo by the hands of a human. All through the years, our Animal Management Officers and Clinic Workers, have seen mistreated, and abused animals however this was not solely horrific, however it was additionally an intentional assault in opposition to a companion animal.”

Heywood says if Dixie survives, vets imagine she’s going to lose each her ears and her eye lids will want reconstructive surgical procedure. The canine might also want a pores and skin graft if the burns on her stomach don’t heal accurately.

The GoFundMe web page has already reached half of its $5,000 objective.

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