TEXARKANA, Ark. (KTAL/KMSS) – A dog that survived a recent house fire in Texarkana is healing from severe burns, but now he has another problem: he’s homeless.
A good samaritan brought a chocolate pit bull to the Animal Care and Adoption Center in Texarkana, Arkansas on Saturday.
“The dog showed up at the lady’s house Friday. She lived on Dudley, so that’s why we call him Dudley,” said shelter director Charles Lokey.
Officials think Dudley was a victim in a house fire that happened on Cleveland St., which is near Dudley St., on Friday. Lokey said efforts to contact Dudley’s owners have been unsuccessful. “The moment we got him, he was just like, ‘Help me.'”
Shelter employees immediately took him to State Line Animal Hospital. Dr. Jim Shively determined Dudley had third degree burns.
“He wanted to try to stand but it hurt, and he went back down pretty quickly,” Shively said.
The bottoms of Dudley’s paws are all burned. He currently walks very carefully. Lokey said some places were burned down to the lymph nodes and his immune system is compromised because of the depth of some burns. It’s expected to take months for him to recover.
Dr. Shively points to an area inside of one of Dudley’s hind legs. “It’s a tough spot to heal, just because it moves a lot. So, probably our worst spot is gonna be right here in this left flank.”
But, what has captured the hearts of Dudley’s caretakers is his gentle demeanor.
“His temperament is just incredible and we’re real lucky that he’s such a good guy because he’s sure been letting us do anything,” said Dr. Shively.
Lokey said if Dudley’s owners don’t come forward by noon this Thursday, he’ll become the property of the city. Lokey hopes to put the docile pit bull up for adoption when he’s healthy enough. “Just, that look in his eyes, like ‘Help me’, and so, that’s what we tried to do.”
Dudley will be under Dr. Shively’s care for at least another week. If you’d like to donate to his care, you can contact State Line Animal Hospital at (870) 774-5683 and simply ask to donate to Dudley’s fund. State Line Animal Hospital is located at 101 East 34th St., Texarkana, Ark.