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Puppy Dies After Fort Lauderdale House Fire

A puppy in Fort Lauderdale has died after being in intensive care following a fire.

Firefighters saved 9-month-old Sweet Pea from flames Monday morning, but her condition quickly took a turn for the worse while she was being treated at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists.

According to doctors, burn wounds are often deceptive upon first appearance and their condition tends to worsen over time. The burns Sweet Pea suffered were too much for her body to handle, even with medical care.

Her owner made the call to end her suffering Thursday morning and have her euthanized.

"Words can't describe the sadness our team is feeling," said Dr. Ira Zaslow, founder of Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists. "While medical technology gives us an ever-increasing ability to do amazing things, tragically, Sweet Pea's burn injury continued to worsen covering over 75 percent of her body."

Donors raised more than $6,000 online for Sweet Pea's care. The leftover money will go to Pet's Tree of Hope, a nonprofit that helps South Florida animals.

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