Therapy Dog For Burn Victims

Therapy Dog For Burn Victims

In October 2018, Taka was burned so badly in a house fire that most thought he wouldn’t make it. Today, he is working on becoming a therapy dog for children in the burn unit. His owner, Crystal Lesley, hopes burn victims can relate to Taka.

On Oct. 23, 2018, a fire broke out in Georgia. The family had time to get their kids out, but there was no time to go back in for Taka, their nine-year-old Shiba Inu. The fire burned the entire porch, causing the floor to collapse and Taka to fall through. Taka was able to run to a neighbor’s house. Upon seeing a dog on fire, the neighbors panicked and reached out to Crystal Lesley, a veterinarian at Care More Animal Hospital on Facebook.

“When I saw the picture I immediately called her and told her she needed to bring him to me!” Lesley says. “She was able to get some help and they brought him in. He was still smoking when they found him. We had never encountered a burn victim as severe as Taka before and we were terrified that he wouldn’t make it.”

“When I saw the picture I immediately called her and told her she needed to bring him to me!” Lesley says. “She was able to get some help and they brought him in. He was still smoking when they found him. We had never encountered a burn victim as severe as Taka before and we were terrified that he wouldn’t make it.”

Because they couldn’t touch Taka without him screaming in pain, they sedated him to assess his injuries. They realized this would be a lot of work, but Lesley was determined to help the dog.

A Community Effort

After posting a photo of Taka to the clinic’s Facebook page, it took off and the entire community came together to help raise money to send Taka to a specialist. But things still weren’t looking good. After two days, Taka took a turn for the worse and his pain seemed unbearable.

That’s when Lesley left work and drove him to the South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care in Columbia, South Carolina. “He and I lied on the floor in the waiting area crying together,” Lesley says. He ended up staying for a month and a half, so on weekends, Lesley would visit him.Dog Badly Scorched in Fire Becomes Therapy Dog For Burn Victims

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