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Injured stolen dog undergoes surgery thanks to donations

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A stolen dog that was burned and left in the cold in Milwaukee has received a type of surgery that's normally performed only on people.  

Beatrice, a five-year-old black Chihuahua mix, was stolen from the backyard of Karen Burns' house on March 13th. Eleven days later, the pet was found with singed eyebrows and whiskers, and burns over 90 percent of her body.  

Monday, an hour-long operation installed pigskin over the dog's burns. Once they heal, the pigskin will come off.

A surgeon and a veterinarian donated their time. The foot-long piece of pigskin was also a gift.  

The veterinarian, Marla Lichtenberger, said people wanted to help because they were moved when hearing what happened. Without the donations, she said it would have cost almost $10,000 for the services and vet bills.  

Police said they believe a 21-year-old man burned the dog. He's being held on unrelated charges while prosecutors review the matter.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)