ARCADIA, Fla. ( - A badly burned dog is undergoing extensive treatment in Hardee County after it was reportedly doused with kerosene and lit on fire by a cigarette. 

The call came in to the Hardee Animal Rescue Team (HART) Thursday afternoon after one of their members heard what happened. 

Workers from HART say children saw the intentional event take place in
Arcadia, and that the dog had to endure the torture because it was chained. 

The one-year-old Shar-Pei mix is now safe and receiving care from HART at the Hardee Animal Clinic. They are preparing the dog for transport to a specialist. 

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