Optimistic future for Phoenix the puppy, rescued from burning trash bin

There's good news to share about the recovery of Phoenix the puppy. Veterinarians at Blue Pearl in Blaine, Minn. have performed several successful surgeries on the 5-month old Siberian husky and he's on the road to a full recovery.

"He seems to be doing fantastic, given all that he's been through, and we're optimistic that he will one day have a normal life," said Dr. Judith Feldsien.

Dr. Feldsien said Phoenix may still need more surgeries, but things are looking good so far.

Phoenix was set on fire and tossed in a garbage bin on the edge of the Red Lake Indian Reservation. He was pulled from the flames by a passerby, but suffered several burns.

"He's pretty happy for the most part but he's a little leery about people touching him, as you can imagine," Dr. Vicki Schulz said.

The Humane Society is offering a $5,000 reward to find the person who hurt Phoenix. The Red Lake Police Department is investigating, and anyone with information is asked to call 218-679-3313.

The nonprofit rescue group ACT V Rescue and Rehabilitation has undertaken the cost of the Phoenix's care. Anyone interested in supporting ACT V can visit http://bit.ly/1xfq662 

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