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Terrier burned in truck fire needs your help


BLAINE, Minn.  – After fire broke out inside the cab of a truck, a black and white terrier named Scooby suffered severe burns that damaged his paws and nose and nearly burned off his ears.

But Scooby is a fighter and now he needs your help. 



Scooby has spent more than a week recuperating at the BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Blaine, and needs surgery to remove his burned ears. The nationwide charity Frankie’s Friends is now seeking donations to pay for Scooby’s care.

“We are all heartbroken to hear of this traumatic event. Scooby is an adorable dog who means so much to his family, and we’re just hoping to provide them with some peace and comfort. We're confident that with the community's help, we'll be able to assist this family in their time of need.” said Danielle Martin, executive director of Frankie’s Friends. Please considering donating to Scooby's care here.

It all started on March 8, when Tammy Brooks and Brad Spangler went to a food pantry in Cambridge to pick up some necessities. They left Scooby and Brooks’ other dog, a Chihuahua named Smoky, in the cab of the truck with one window open.

As they loaded their food into the back, Brooks heard a popping sound and then saw smoke billowing from the open window.

Spangler immediately opened the door and Smoky hopped out, but for whatever reason, Scooby would not come out as quickly, and suffered third-degree burns.

“The white part of his fur was no longer white, his fur was just charred and he was having trouble breathing,” Brooks said. She was scared, because she loves 3-year-old Scooby so much “he’s like one of my sons.”

Scooby received treatment at a Cambridge veterinary clinic and was then transferred to BluePearl for more extensive care for severe dehydration. Dr. Kaufman also sedated Scooby and removed melted plastic from Scooby’s paws. The pads of his paws and his nose are both damaged. So are Scooby’s ears. There is now so much dead tissue on Scooby’s ears that they will need to be surgically removed. While that will affect his appearance, the good news is that Scooby’s hearing is fine and he should bounce back with no trouble after recuperating from the surgery.

“He’ll have a full and complete recovery,” Kaufman said. “I think he has a great prognosis.”

The cause of the fire is not known, although Brooks said it appeared to begin near a console between the two front bucket seats.

Because of financial difficulties, Brooks does not have funds for Scooby’s veterinary care and has not even been able to make the drive down to Blaine to see him. “I just hope he doesn't think we abandoned him,” she said.

She said it bothered her at first to think of strangers providing charitable contributions to her dog, but now she’s grateful for the help and looking forward to the day that she’ll be financially able to help others in a similar way.

“My mom told me that there are people that do care and are who are animal lovers just like me,” she said. “We’re glad for the help.” 


The cost of Scooby's care has already exceeded $5,000.00. Frankie's Friends is asking for your help to assist the family with the bills they have already incurred, and to supplement the upcoming cost of the surgery needed to remove his ears. 

With full hearts, we are happy to report that Roxie is recovering nicely and feeling much better after emergency surgery to remove a corn cob stuck in her belly last week. 

Roxie is recovering nicely!

Roxie is recovering nicely!

DONATE to help save more pets like Roxie!

Thanks to donors like you, Roxie was able to receive the care she needed to truly save her life.

Her family was faced with the decision to euthanize Roxie after they couldn't afford the cost of the surgery she desperately needed.

But, thanks to the generosity and support of donors like you, Frankie's Friends was able to pay for the treatment to remove the corn cob stuck in her belly and save Roxie's life! 

"You guys truly saved my sweet girl's life! I couldn't be more thankful... She's my babygirl and I'd be lost without her. My whole family says thank you! I'm so incredibly happy with her progress. Her life truly was saved and I couldn't be more thankful."

–Roxie's Mom



This is an actual xray of Roxie showing the corncob.

This is an actual xray of Roxie showing the corncob.

 We urgently need your help to save the life of a sweet 8-year-old boxer, Roxie, who needs emergency surgery this afternoon after gobbling down several corncobs. Roxie vomited up six of the cobs but at least one is lodged in her intestine, making her extremely sick.

Dr. Beth Tynan, a board-certified critical care specialist with BluePearl’s Virginia Beach hospital, said it’s still unclear if they’ll be able to remove the corncob with one incision or whether a more involved surgery is required to remove part of Roxie’s intestine. “We’re hoping it’s the first one but we’ll have to wait and see,” Tynan said. “The cob can sometimes cause damage to the area around it.”

Roxie’s owner, Dakota Hudson, said the dog is a wonderful family pet. “She’s the kind of dog that if you’re upset, she knows it.”

Dakota has had Roxie since the dog was seven weeks old and would do anything for her. But her family is financially strapped right now because her grandfather recently suffered a stroke and they’re paying out of pocket for his at-home care.

“Roxie was my first actual pet,” Dakota said. “Just thinking about losing her is completely heartbreaking.”

Without the help of donors like you to assist with the cost of her care, Roxie faces possible euthanasia. Please help us raise $5,000.00 to save Roxie's life and give her the surgery she desperately needs.




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