It’s not unheard of for pets to be named Lucky following traumatic incidents, but it is less common for them to live up to their name coincidently. Meet Lucky, a Pit Bull mix that was pulled from the rubble of an exploded apartment block in Phillipsburg, New Jersey just last week. Some hours after her pet parent was rescued and sent to the Burns unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, little Lucky was discovered gravely injured.
While the cause of the explosion and the condition of Lucky's pet parent remain unknown, details of the pup's injuries have been released by the Harmony Animals Hospital where she’s currently residing, and Selena Anstead, President of Bethlehem charity Because of a Dog, which was called in to help fund her treatment. Lucky suffered burns to her face and paw pads, as well as smoke inhalation, and her harness had been burned into her skin by the explosion's intense heat.
"Lucky is doing as well as expected," Anstead revealed. The puppy is expected to make a full recovery thanks to the care of her neighbors, the work of the hospital, and the generosity of those who stepped forward to support Because of a Dog and donate towards Lucky's care. It is believed that Lucky is a support dog for her pet parent, but the capacity is unknown.
Due to the special bond between Lucky and her pet parent, and the devastating circumstances under which the pup found herself at the animal hospital, Because of a Dog has agreed to donate any money left over from its fundraising appeal directly to the pair so that they may find a new home and pay rent until they’re back on their feet. Though the campaign for donations has now closed, it raised a staggering $7,810.
We hope that Lucky and her pet parent get well soon and that they're resting comfortably in a new apartment before too long. Their ordeal has been unimaginable, but they've both shown amazing strength and courage so far. You have our best wishes!
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