OFFICIALS: Mississippi dog set on fire, being transferred to Memphis for treatment

MISSISSIPPI — A Tate County dog goes from being loving and carefree to almost being burnt to death in a matter of a day.

The Tunica County Humane Society took to Facebook last week to get the word out of a poor dog named Buddy, who was set on fire in the face.

PHOTOS: Mississippi dog set on fire, being transferred to Memphis for treatment, officials say

The Tate County Sheriff’s Department has an active investigation ongoing for this horrific incident.

TCSD said they are trying to determine exactly what happened to cause the horrible injuries to Buddy.

The Tunica Humane Society was asked by TCSD to take responsibility for Buddy’s medical care moving forward, according to a spokesperson. Buddy will be moved to Memphis on Monday to specialty veterinarians for continued treatment, officials said.

If Buddy can recover, he will have a long, long road ahead.

His face is so swollen from the burns, his eyes are not visible at the moment, as you can see from the photos posted.

Dr. Godfrey said:

He will likely have to undergo surgery if his eyes can be saved at all. He is likely to have damage to his nasal cavity that could require another surgery. All of the burnt flesh on his face will be peeling off in the days to come. And his body can become consumed with infection from all of the trauma. Hopefully, Buddy can bounce back from all of this but not without all of our prayers.

According to a Facebook post Saturday, Buddy is doing better than expected. He has eaten and wags his tail, plus he has been put on heavy pain medication to keep him comfortable.

The Facebook post also said:

The burnt skin on Buddy’s face began to crack and come apart today. Dr. Godfrey was better able to see his eye lids. We still don’t know if he will be able to see at this point. Lisa was encouraged that some of the burns on his face weren’t as deep as we feared in the beginning so we are very, very excited about that.

Buddy will be transferring to Dr. Cory Fisher on Monday at Bluff City Vet Specialists. Under his instructions, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Pam Chandler cleaned Buddy’s wounds today and wrapped his head in bandages to protect his delicate skin as the damaged skin begins to come off his face. This will also cut down on the chances of more infection.

If you would like to help with Buddy’s medical care, a small donation would be greatly appreciated by the Tunica Humane Society. We are going to do everything we can to save this precious dog. Regardless of the cost.

There is a $2,500.00 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.

If you know anything, contact Detective Lisa Sanders with the Tate County Sheriff’s Department at 662-562-4434 if you have any information that would be helpful at this time.

Dr. Godfrey posted a video of Buddy with an update on his injuries.