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Ruff Ruff Life

by on Feb.23, 2012, under Animals, Culture, Family, Health

Tom Zeilenga adopted abused puppy Ruff Ruff last year. The nine-month-old Catahoula Leopard joined his two other dogs at his home in Wilmington, Illinois. While he was out celebrating New Year's Eve, a fire broke out, trapping his three dogs. A neighbor who spotted the fire managed to save the two older dogs, but the terrified puppy ran through the burning house. Ruff Ruff was discovered five hours later, badly burned and whimpering under a porch. She refused to let animal rescuers to assist her until her owner arrived. She sustained third degree burns. She's being treated at a Tinley Park animal hospital. Animal charity PAWS raised awareness of the puppy's plight and her large medical bill and the local community joined together to raise $8,000 towards her expenses. Ruff Ruff suffered severe burns around her eyes, ears, back, and all her pads on her feet were burned off. Her thick coat is thought to have saved her life. She has undergone a couple of skin removal surgeries and skin grafts. While her feet are getting better, she has lost part of her ears due to burn damage.
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