There is good news for little Zoie, the dog who suffered serious burns earlier this month. She has been placed in her forever home. The 8-month-old puppy suffered extreme burns after a 9-year-old boy setMore >>
There is good news for little Zoie, the dog who suffered serious burns earlier this month. She has been placed in her forever home.More >>
The dog that suffered second-degree burns in an intentional fire is out of ICU and headed to a foster family. Zoie's bedding was set on fire in late October, burning her paws and underbelly. The 9-month-oldMore >>
The dog that suffered second-degree burns in an intentional fire is out of ICU and headed to a foster family.More >>
Zoie, the 8-month-old Wirehaired Terrier that was intentionally set on fire, is recovering and doing well."(Zoie has) lost more skin from her legs and paw pads, which we expected," said Dr. Katrin Saile,More >>
Zoie, the 8-month-old Wirehaired Terrier that was intentionally set on fire, is recovering and doing well.More >>
A day after a dog was set on fire while she was locked in her kennel outside of a home in Baton Rouge, the staff at Companion Animal Alliance (CAA) says Zoie is now resting and in foster care."She wasMore >>
Animal Control says a nine-year-old neighbor boy is to blame for the dog that was burned in her cage Thursday morning. More >>
Little Zoe held still Thursday as a worker at Companion Animal Alliance tried to comfort her.More >>
A dog is in a veterinarian's care after fire investigators say she was set on fire in her own kennel. An arson investigation is underway. More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
was about six months ago when the news that a 9-year-old boy set fire to a dog's
bedding inside of a kennel in Baton Rouge. The dog suffered second degree burns
on her stomach and all of her paw pads burned completely off.
happened in the backyard of a house on Warfield Avenue, north of Florida Boulevard.
was a time when doctors did not know if the dog would pull through with a full
investigators that they found Zoie yelping and trying to avoid flames in her
small kennel in the back yard. Baton Rouge Fire Department Public Information
Officer Robert Combs said it was obvious Zoie's kennel had intentionally been
lit on fire.
Zoie was picked up by Animal Control and brought
to Companion Animal Alliance. CAA was responsible for her care. She
went through several surgeries and around the clock treatment for her burns,
including a cone collar.
Zoie remained at CAA and officials there were responsible for
finding her a good home. Cissy Edwards stepped up at the pup's worst time to
"She's not our dog. She's our daughter," said Edwards.
After six months of recovery, Zoie seems like every other dog; playful, loving her toys
and even her fellow furry buddies.
"She's gone through a lot. She's really recovered well for
what she's gone through, and she's very personable for what she's gone
through," said Edwards.
Edwards says she sat in a chair and held Zoie like a baby. She
even slept in the chair holding Zoie. She compared it to having a newborn baby.
"That's exactly what it was like with doing the wound care and everything all
night. [Zoie] would wake up and she would flinch because you could tell she was
in pain," said Edwards.
Zoie has a spot on one foot and patches on her body where hair
will not grow again, even though she is healed.
said it took time for Zoie to trust people again and for some reason, she is
terrified of cameras, but when there are no cameras around, she's like every
other dog who loves chasing squirrels, enjoys the outdoors, sleeping in her
parents bed, watching TV, even sitting at the wheel with her daddy, and thinking
she can take on a dog twice her size.
"This dog is not a dog. This is my child. This is my heart. I
love her," said Edwards.
The boy who set Zoie's bedding and kennel on fire is in
Louisiana law protects that 9-year-old boy and he will not face any criminal
charges. The law does not hold any child under the age of 10 responsible for
Companion Animal Alliance uses donations from the community to help with
basic needs, such as food and medicine for the animals. Like in Zoie's case,
serious medical treatment was needed and the costs for the care were high.
Donations can be made by visiting http://www.caabr.org/#!donate/ctzx.