Julie Hirsch, a nurse, told Unleashed that Phoenix was going into kidney failure. Her face and rear quarters, where most of the burns were, had swelled considerably and she wasn't recognizable.
A few hours ago, nurses brought the one-year-old dog outside to be put down. They wanted her to be outside, not in a cage.
Thank goodness for the kindness she was shown at the end of her tragic life. More from Unleashed:
She touched the hearts of everyone that came in contact with her and anyone who heard her story. We can only hope now that someone will come forward so that there can be a conviction on this case.
BARCS has a reward set up called the “Phoenix Reward” where we are collecting money for anyone who can identify the young men responsible for this cruel act of violence. The reward at this time is at $3,000 and most likely will increase over the next few days.
To contribute to the reward fund, visit BARCS and specify your donation is for "Phoenix Reward Fund". If the reward money goes unclaimed after 6 months, it will be turned over to the Franky Fund which was used to pay for Phoenix's treatment and will help other homeless pets in need of care in future.
With fume of sweet woods, to the skies,
Pure as a Saint's adoring sighs,
Warm as a prayer in Paradise,
Her life-breath rose in sacrifice!
- excerpt from "The Phoenix" by George Darley