Buddy recovering at MSU veterinary school

Updated - Buddy arrived at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine on Monday.

Posted: Apr 29, 2021 12:44 PM
Updated: Apr 29, 2021 6:27 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The veterinary school at Mississippi State University is caring for Buddy, a dog from Tate County who suffered severe burns to his face.

He received his injuries in an alleged act of torture.

Buddy is receiving care from Tyler McMurray (pictured) and the staff at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Photo by Tom Thompson

Buddy, a dog who was burned in Tate County, pictured before his injuries. Photo submitted

Buddy arrived at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine on Monday.

“Buddy’s vital signs are good but, as with any burn patient, this is very much the bottom of a tall mountain to be climbed,” said Dr. Elizabeth Swanson, associate professor and veterinary surgeon. “We are keeping him comfortable, changing his bandages, and managing any problems as they arise. Burns can take several days to fully manifest, so we are still assessing the full extent of damage.”

According to an MSU announcement on Thursday, Buddy is in good spirits — eating, wagging his tail and kisses anyone he can.

“We’ve been in the OR twice with him for wound debridement, and we plan to do his first skin graft using North Atlantic Cod fish skin from Iceland, courtesy of KerecisVet®, on Friday with subsequent procedures to follow,” Swanson said. “The main concern will be ensuring that he does not develop infection. Things can change rapidly in this situation, and we are doing everything we can to stay on top of any problems that may arise and to provide him with the very best care.”

MSU Chief Communications Officer, Sid Salter made sure to warn us just how serious Buddy's condition is.

“We want to be honest about what we share with the public about this and Buddy has a long way to go,” he said.

The Tunica Humane Society Facebook page has been sharing Buddy's story and is providing updates. Open this link to follow along.

A child confessed to setting the dog on fire, reported WMC-TV in Memphis, Tennessee. But state law does not allow children younger than 12 to be criminally charged.

Note: Video added at 6:05 p.m.

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