Dog recovering from third-degree burns

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

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PHOENIX -- A year-old Phoenix canine is recovering from third-degree burns she suffered after spending too much time under the sun.

The Arizona Humane Society staff named the mixed-breed Aurora and said she was found wandering the southwest Valley in June.

"We don't know how long she'd been in the sun," said AHS spokeswoman Bretta Nelson. "It could've been a few days, but in this intense heat, these burns could've happened in a matter of hours."

After several surgeries, Aurora is healing in her foster home. Her hair will never grow back, but otherwise she'll live a normal dog's life.

The Humane Society suggests putting sunscreen on dogs with light, short hair. Any brand deemed safe for a baby will also be safe for dogs.

"And as severe as Aurora's case is, sadly every year we see several dogs with these sunburns," Nelson added.

Aurora is one of the "special needs" pets involved the Humane Society's "Project 121" campaign. The six-week fundraising drive includes a telethon on 3TV set for Aug. 25.

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