"The family could not afford to take the pet to an
emergency clinic at the time of the incident"
In the USA? Say it isin't so!
What's even more amazing is that our hero (Telma Botcherby) could afford
his own medical care - at least we think he can. Telma Botcherby. A
name tailor-made for this story.
Welcome to the USA. Where the main ingredient in flea spray is napalm.
"I love the smell of burning me in the morning"
- Telma Botcherby
A South Florida man is recovering from second-degree burns after he
tried to save his dog, Ruby, who accidentally caught on fire Tuesday
evening, deputies said.
Telma Botcherby, Ruby's owner was treating the dog with flea and tick
spray when she noticed a live tick on the floor and tried to burn it
with a lighter, according to a Broward Sheriffs Office report. Ruby
became startled and jumped across where Botcherby was trying to burn the
tick. The dog then burst into flames, officials said.
Botcherby screamed for her husband, Jess Olivas, who picked up Ruby in
his arms and jumped into a swimming pool.
Olivas was taken to North Broward Hospital and later transferred to
Jackson Memorial as a trauma alert for treatment of his second degree
burns. Officials said 18 to 24 percent of Olivas body was burned
including his right arm, left forearm, chest and face.
The family could not afford to take the pet to an emergency clinic at
the time of the incident so the dog was taken to Dr. Peters Animal
Hospital the next morning, officials said.
The veterinarian said Olivas' jump into the pool probably saved Ruby's
"The owner courageously saved the life of the pet and unfortunately, at
the same time put himself in grave danger," Dr. Peter Krolikowski said.
While the dog is having trouble sitting down and still shakes at times,
vet technician Jamie Duffey said she will pull through.
"Even happy, healthy dogs are sometimes challenging to work with, so she
is an angel and I'm happy to say that given the circumstances she is in
pretty good spirits," Duffey said.
See also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v-sqWFIbZHc
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