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Update: Former owner identifies burned dog following news report

Gage still recovering following severe burns. (Photo source: WLOX News) Gage still recovering following severe burns. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

The owners of a dog nearly killed in a house fire last month say they thought their pet had perished in the fire. It wasn't until they saw Gage's story of recovery on the news that they called to identify the animal. 

Monday, WLOX News first reported on Gage's long road to recovery. The pit bull mix was brought in October 27, after being picked up by Pass Christian animal control. 

"When we received Gage he had what appeared to be days old burns over 60 percent of his body and he came in about three weeks ago. And in the beginning it was very severe. We really weren't sure if he was going to make it or not," said HSSM Marketing Specialist Maren Slay.

Severe burns made it down to the pads of Gage's feet giving him limited mobility. Volunteers said the roughly five-year-old pitbull mix suffered pain no animal should ever have to endure.

Under the watchful care of caretakers and Veterinarian Jennifer Griffin with Happy Tails, the canine is showing signs of improvement becoming more activity every day. The burns now cover just a quarter of his body.

"Gage also receives hydrotherapy treatments. He's placed in a tub and cold water covers him, which helps loosen his skin and cold water covers him," Slay explained.

With sometimes unpleasant treatments and constant bandage changes, his caretakers said the dog, who will lick you to death continues to wag his tail, showing no signs of aggression.

"We’re grateful this particular case was an accident and not an act of animal cruelty," said Jill Mollohan, HSSM Executive Director. "We will continue to provide medical care for Gage and ensure he makes a full recovery."

In about 30 days, Gage is expected to be available for adoption. While Gage's owner did come forward to identify the animal, they are unable to take him back in as a pet. HSSM officials wouldn't elaborate on the reason behind the owner's decision, but promised Gage would continue to receive the necessary rehabilitation care he needs.

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