Hope ( 26 lb mixed breed 1 year old dog) was set on fire by her previous owner/ caretaker on March 20th, 2014 in Arcadia, FL. The neighbors pleaded with this person to seek medical attention for the canine. Instead of seeking treatment this person replaced the collar that had melted off her during the blaze, with a chain and left her to suffer her 2nd and 3rd degree burns. The neighbors contacted Hardee Animal Rescue Team (HART) to try to get the pup some help. HART's member responded to the call and took the dog for immediate medical attention. After 24 hours had passed, HART sought 24 hour trauma care for Hope. After approximately one week, Her owner/ caretaker had responded on television that he wanted his dog back. Then another individual from another city came forward stating that he was the dogs owner and wanted the dog, although neither even asked as to the dogs condition or welfare. We plead with you to sign a petition to allow HART to retain ownership of the dog and not allow her to go back to her abusers and people who abandoned her to this fate. Petition the Desoto County Sheriff's Office or Write the Animal Abuse Unit at Desoto County courthouse, 115 E. Oak St, Third Floor, Arcadia, Fl 34266. Thank you for all the support for Hope.