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  • Lovely dies from cardiac arrest

    May 17, 2018 | Read More News
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    LovelyOn Sunday, May 20, Lovely, the dog who was burned by its owner, died after going into cardiac arrest. 

    "We are only comforted by the fact that she died knowing she was loved, not just by all of us but by the thousands of people who sent in donations, messages of love and support and who were rooting for our sweet girl," PACC Director Kristen Auerbach said. "There are no words to describe how we all feel today or how humbled and grateful we are to our community who showed an unbelievable amount of love and care for this little dog."

    Pima Animal Care Center provided further treatment to Lovely who arrived at the shelter on May 8 with burn wounds inflicted by her owner who doused her with gasoline and set her on fire. From the time she arrived at the shelter, Lovely received specialized, around-the-clock care from PACC’s medical team. The team placed her on multimodal pain management, administered IV fluids and antibiotics to address her secondary infections, and changed her bandages daily, using topical creams, antimicrobial agents and a variety of bandage materials to assist with the various phases of wound healing. Shelter staff and volunteers also stepped in to hand-feed Lovely to prevent her from moving more than necessary. However, to give her the best possible outcome, the medical team had to send her to a specialist, which would cost about $15,000.

    Thanks to community donations made to PACC's Medical Fund, the shelter received the funds it needed and sent Lovely to a specialist in the Phoenix area on May 18. Unfortunately, two days later, Lovely went into cardiac arrest and, despite the vets' best efforts, they were unable to save her life.

    Pima Animal Care Center sees thousands of neglected, abandoned, and abused pets like Lovely each year and, although Lovely didn't survive, community donations to PACC's Medical Fund help it save many lives. For more information on how to help pets like Lovely, visit PACC's non-profit partner, the Friends of PACC.

    Lovely's former owner is currently facing arson and animal cruelty charges.

    On May 7 around 12:49 p.m., Tucson Police Department officers and members from the Tucson Fire Department responded to multiple reports of smoke and flames coming from a residence in the 6900 block of E. Vernice St. Tucson Fire was first on scene and observed smoke and flames to the rear of the home. They were able to limit the spread of the fire to the exterior of the home. Ten units and 21 firefighters controlled the fire in 13 minutes. One teenage resident sustained minor injuries. The family dog sustained burns and was initially transported to Valley Animal Hospital for care.

    Officers arrived on scene and learned one adult female resident, identified as 39-year-old Dean Sherfield Finley, intentionally set fire to the dog and the home. Investigators from TFD and detectives from the Tucson Police Department responded to the scene to further the investigation. They learned Finley had purchased two gallons of gasoline earlier in the morning and returned to the home. A family member noticed the dog appeared “wet.” As the family member picked up the dog, Finley lit the dog on fire. The family member was able to quickly put out the fire on the dog. Finley then lit the southeast corner of the home on fire causing damage to the storage/laundry room. She was arrested for Arson of an Occupied Structure (Class 2 Felony), Criminal Damage (Class 4 Felony) and Animal Cruelty (Class 6 Felony). She was transported and booked into the Pima County Jail.