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Dog Strapped to Fireworks Fights to Survive

The Centerton Animal Shelter is behind a fundraising push that's already raised almost $2,500. According to the shelter, Moxy has a long road to recovery.
CENTERTON, AR (KNWA) - The community is coming together to save the dog now known as Moxy who was found strapped with fireworks this week near Centerton.

The Centerton Animal Shelter is behind a fundraising push that's already raised almost $2,500. According to the shelter, Moxy has a long road to recovery.

"The biggest thing is that she finally has decided we're not trying to kill her," Veterinarian Vava Hooper says.

It isn't hard to understand why Moxy has trust issues. She was found with a large bottle rocket duct taped to her back. When Moxy arrived at the Animal Hospital of Centerton, she had burns on about thirty five percent of her body, was starving and extremely dehydrated.

The dog is starting to eat and drink water on her own, but she's still hooked to an IV and full recovery will take some time.

"Burn wounds are one of the worst for healing," Hooper explains. "Just because you lose so much fluid through those skin wound. Um, people don't think about that that's part of what keeps you hydrated."

Moxy is already improving. When she came in you couldn't touch her because she was too afraid. A final prognosis isn't ready, because the doctor isn't sure how much permanent damage was done.

Centerton police want to hear from anyone with information about who is responsible for the crime and the shelter is still accepting donations to help pay for Moxy's care.

Learn more HERE.
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