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'Phoenix,' puppy rescued from burning dumpster, now out of hospital


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Like the mythical bird for which he is named, Phoenix the dog has truly risen from the ashes.

Rescued from a burning dumpster and brought to the hospital with severe burn wounds last month, the 5-month-old puppy has been discharged from Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Hennepin County, reports KARE 11.

The station says that one of the doctors who oversaw Phoenix's initial treatments is now his foster mother and will be watching over him as he continues his recovery.

According to a blog post by Red Lake Rosie's Rescue – the shelter where Phoenix was first taken after being discovered – the pup is able to walk on his own (despite "mummy"-like bandaging) and has a big appetite.

The Husky mix may have walked away from the fire that nearly claimed his life, but the Humane Society of the United States is still looking for justice.

Last week, the animal advocacy group announced a $5,000 reward for the "identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible" for burning the dog.

The truck driver who rescued him had suspicions the fire was not accidental, while shelter workers reported that Phoenix had been on a “blanket that smelled like gasoline.”

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