Pier (KBTX-TV photo)
HOUSTON (March 16, 2013)--A Labrador retriever that authorities say was coated with fuel and set on fire last month survived and could be released as early as next week from the Texas A&M veterinary clinic where it was treated.
Houston animal control officers found the dog on Feb. 20 near Hobby Airport, where it had wandered for days, covered with second- and third-degree burns.
With the help of nonprofit Scout's Honor Rescue Houston, the male dog was taken to the Texas A&M University Veterinary School in College Station for treatment.
The group is campaigning to raise funds to defray the $25,000 in treatment costs for the dog, which has been named Pier.
Pier will be neutered Monday and could be released by next week to an Austin woman who has applied to adopt him, Veterinary School spokeswoman Angela Clendenin told the Houston Chronicle.