Surgery performed on dog found badly burned

CREATED Apr 28, 2014 - UPDATED: Apr 28, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- A dog that was found badly burned had emergency surgery today at Froedtert Hospital.

A doctor applied pig skin to the second and third degree burns on the dog, named Beatrice. She was stolen in mid-March and found 11 days later near Potowatomi Bingo and Casino, badly burned.

"Probably in the next two weeks is gonna be the big, crucial, point here now to see if she rejects this pigskin, or if she doesn't,” says Dr. Marla Lichtenberger of the Emergency Center for Animals.

“I would anticipate maybe about 4 to 8 weeks before she recovers completely."

The pig skin was donated from Georgia. It's believed this is the first time such a procedure has been performed on a dog.