The big-eyed pup left for dead last month during a fire at a West Palm Beach homeless camp in West Palm Beach has a long road to recovery, according to Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.
The dog — named Smokey by a city Fire Rescue captain who hopes to foster the pup — has deep burns that have impacted the muscle tissue, according to Rich Anderson, executive director and CEO of the Peggy Adams.
Smokey has had multiple blood transfusions, Anderson said, and is under 24-care at Jupiter Pet Emergency and Specialty Center. Veterinarians say Smokey’s treatment plan changes day-to-day.
It is unclear what Smokey’s medical expenses will total, but it likely will be more than the original $4,000 estimate. Any extra money raised at Sunday’s event will go toward other injured animals at Peggy Adams, Anderson said.
Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control officials said Smokey had been adopted from Peggy Adams by a couple who lost their home soon afterward.
The dog was chained to a tree March 28 at a known homeless camp on the 2500 block of Australian Avenue, just north of Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, fire officials said.
Capt. Gregg Gordon, who plans to foster Smokey once the dog is able, said rescue crews heard barking, then saw the badly burned pup.
“The little guy was burned up pretty good.” Gordon said. “Even when we grabbed him, he was very distressed. I was concerned whether he would live.”
Fundraiser for SmokeyWhat: $25 beer and wine tasting
Where: OAK Bistro and Wine Bar, 11051 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach
When: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
All proceeds will go toward Smokey’s medical expenses.