NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – He is now called “Hickory” because of his toughness, but a 7-year-old black lab rescued from a devastating and suspicious fire faces round-the-clock care at a Nashville animal clinic to keep him alive.
Since last week, Hickory has received treatment for some of the worst burns ever seen at the Animal House Vet Clinic on Largo Drive.
Hendersonville firefighters rescued the black lab from a burning home in the 200 block of Island Drive Thursday afternoon before turning him over to the Big Fluffy Dog Rescue.
Hendersonville Fire Chief Scotty Bush told News 2 he turned Hickory over to the rescue group because the homeowner indicated she would not be able to care for the lab because her home was just lost.
Big Fluffy Dog Rescue founder Jean Harrison then turned to the Antioch vet to care for Hickory’s severe burns and pain.
Several times a day, the heavily-sedated lab is taken out of his cage to check medications and clean the dressings of the wounds.
Hickory shakes slightly but never makes a sound as vets and technicians tend to him.