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Strangers donate to help dog burned in fire

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:27:06 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 02 2013 03:36:46 PM CST

Investigators in Carter County are questioning a man about a suspicious fire thought to be the work of an arsonist that left a dog fighting for life.

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. -

There is nothing left of Lori Blackwell’s home. A fire took every item her family owned and nearly took their dog Sadie too.

Sadie was found two days after the fire, hiding and badly burned. She was taken to Tri-County Veterinary Hospital in Bluff City. "It's evident from looking at Sadie and where she's burned, she probably actually passed out in the ashes because her burns are on her face and on her belly," says veterinarian Kate Zimmerman.

Blackwell tells us the family doesn't have the means to pay for the extensive treatment for Sadie, but Dr. Zimmerman says she couldn't turn them away. "These people have lost everything. I just didn't see saying 'you are going to lose your dog' when there was a chance. This was all they had left," Zimmerman said.

So instead, Dr. Zimmerman went online to post updates and pictures, as well as the donations started coming in. "We are so excited. We don't know what to say. We want to thank everyone. It's a relief to us. We really thought we were going to lose Sadie," adds Blackwell.

Enough donations were collected to get Sadie’s medical care started. She's now at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. "Her prognosis at this point I would have to say is guarded, but it was grave when she came in my door," adds Dr. Zimmerman.

But the family, the veterinarian and the online community are hoping good news is on the horizon for this pup and her family thanks to the generosity of strangers from all across the globe.

If you want to help the family a fund has been set up at Happy Valley Credit Union in Elizabethton, Tenn.

To help with the dog’s expenses you can visit www.vetcarefoundation.com

For more information about Sadie’s treatment visit Tri-County Veterinary Hospital on Facebook. (WARNING: Graphic pictures of Sadie's injuries are linked on the page.)