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Three puppies badly burned in fire undergoing treatment

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FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) -

Three puppies are in vet care after surviving a fire that left them with severe burns. 

"Dogs are pretty amazing little creatures," said Katherine Smith of Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital in Franklin. "You put them through a lot, and they're still there to get love."

Though it's hard to hear the cries of three small puppies with third-degree burns across their backs, Smith said she has to stay strong for the pure blue eyes peering up at her. She's a kind voice and gentle hand for some pit bulls with incredible resilience named Tigger, Piglet and Pooh.

Smith said a week ago, several dogs in the litter were killed and these three badly burned when a breeder's heating lamp caught fire. Friday, the dogs were turned over to Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue while Metro Animal Care Center officials said the breeder was cited with misdemeanor animal cruelty. Further details on the case are pending investigation.

"They have wounds, large burn wounds that are covering the majority of their backs that are going to need a lot of attention," said Smith. "Daily bandage changes are needed and a lot of supportive care measures."

The puppies are eating well, cleaning their bowls and licking the food off Smith's fingers. 

"Making sure they're getting enough protein in their diet is essential," she explained.

Despite being the day before Christmas when money from shopping is so tight, an online fundraiser by Snooty Giggles raised more than $19,000 for the puppies on Wednesday alone.

Smith said that reaction and the work at Blue Pearl is a promise these puppies have a much greater future in store.

"Nobody's going to be making fun of them at the playground," said Smith. "They still have the potential of having completely full lives. It's very touching to know that people they haven't even met are giving their hard earned cash that they may be a little short on today so that these guys have a chance. It's very heartwarming."

Snooty Giggles workers say they have already exceeded their fundraising goal for the puppies. You can follow the puppies' progress at https://www.facebook.com/SnootyGiggles.

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