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BATON ROUGE - The small terrier dog that was severely burned when her bedding was set on fire by a 9-year-old is now out of intensive care.

Dr. Katrin Saile with the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine said the dog, named Zoey, is making great progress overall.

"Her care was quite expensive and very extensive, but the fact that she's still with us today is really amazing, and she's going to make a great pet for someone," she said.

Zoey's owner signed her over to animal control officials after authorities said a young boy set fire to the dog's bedding. The dog suffered second-degree burns to all four paws and her stomach, and the owner said he couldn't afford her medical bills.

"We go into this profession because we love animals, and so seeing something like this happen to an animal is pretty much the worst thing we can see. But her spirit has been amazing this whole time and she's turned out to be a really sweet dog," said Saile.

The Companion Animal Alliance's director said after stories about the dog's plight aired on News 2, they received around $5,000 in donations to cover Zoey's medical bills. She also said they have a large number of people who've asked to adopt Zoey once she recovers.

"I was absolutely amazed at how much they've healed her paws and her legs, they've healed," said veterinarian Shannon Landry with the Companion Animal Alliance. "If she had been here we would not have been able to provide that level of care, because she needed to be on IV antibiotics, IV pain meds and around-the-clock care."

The shelter says Zoey will be ready for adoption in about a month. The shelter also has 300 other dogs in need of a home. If you would like to donate to help with the recovery of Zoey or other animals like her, you can donate to the Companion Animal Alliance sick and injured animal fund.

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