Update: Puppy dies after Fort Lauderdale house fire

Sweet Pea 9FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – On Thursday morning, doctors from Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists contacted Sweet Pea’s owner to inform him that her condition took a significant turn for the worse.

According to doctors, burn wounds are often deceptive upon first appearance and their condition tends to worsen over time. Sadly, the burns Sweet Pea suffered were too much for her body to handle, even with the best of medical care.

After discussing with Sweet Pea’s owner, a decision was made to end her suffering.

“Words can’t describe the sadness our team is feeling this morning,” said Dr. Ira Zaslow, founder of Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists. “While medical technology gives us an ever-increasing ability to do amazing things, tragically, Sweet Pea’s burn injury continued to worsen covering over 75 percent of her body. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Hall, and Sweet Pea will certainly hold a special place in all of our hearts.”

Sweet Pea’s case demonstrated the generosity and kindness of the South Florida community, as hundreds of people rallied around her, along with people from all over the U.S., and donated funds for her care via a GoFundMe page.

“I’m extremely grateful to the community for coming together to donate funds to try to help Sweet Pea and the team that tried to save her,” said Jason Hall, Sweet Pea’s owner.

Funds leftover from the donations made for Sweet Pea will be put into the Pet’s Tree of Hope Fund, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that helps South Florida animals.

Additionally, Sweet Pea will live on forever at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists with a leaf that will be added to the Pet’s Tree of Hope in her memory.

Sweet Pea was rescued Monday morning at approximately 9 a.m., when Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded to a fire at the 1800 block of Southwest 22nd Street in Fort Lauderdale. Shortly before firefighters arrived, neighbors pulled the 9-month-old puppy from the house, according to Jason Hall, Sweet Pea’s owner.

Firefighters gave the puppy oxygen and transported her to Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists. Neighbors and firefighters also attempted to save Hall’s other two dogs, but they died at the scene.

About Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists
Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, critical care, referral hospital and imaging center serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties. Their services include: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, CT-scan, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, as well as, soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. LVS can be reached at 954.641.1100 and is located at 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

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