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Dog survives being doused in gasoline, set on fire

Honeysuckle Honeysuckle

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Imagine a dog being doused in gasoline and set on fire - but the dog survives. According to the director of a local humane society, it's a story of survival and determination.

Honeysuckle, a four-year-old canine that is part pit bull, is recovering from serious burns over much of her body.

"It's not an accident," said John Robinson, director of the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County. "She didn't spontaneously combust. Dogs don't do that."

Robinson helped the dog after someone doused her with accelerant and lit her on fire.

"I can't imagine what would inspire somebody to burn a dog like this," he said.

It's a crime - a felony that'll likely go without prosecution - unless police get a tip about who did it. Instead, the focus is on healing Honeysuckle, which means a cone collar and continued isolation.

"She's something special," Robinson said.

Special, but not necessarily unique.  According to Robinson, many of the Humane Society's dogs have been beaten, abused, and left for dead.  However, Honeysuckle's injuries are some of the most severe.

"The fact that she survived is a miracle," he said.

Still, according to Robinson, the dog remains resilient and loving.

"Most of the dogs don't like to be touched after they've been burned like this," he said. "Obviously, that's a different story with her. She's a snuggler and just wants to be held."

It will be another six to eight weeks before Honeysuckle can be adopted.  In the interim, the humane society is a non-profit organization, and Robinson says they accept donations to help care for Honeysuckle and others like her. 

You can find out more by calling (901) 937-3900.

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