After surviving being set on fire, dog helps others in WNY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A terrier who survived being set on fire by two Buffalo men five years ago has a new “leash” on life.

Phoenix the Jack Russell terrier suffered third degree burns over most of his body in Oct. 2012 when he was only three months old.

Now, he’s helping others- Phoenix is a therapy dog, visiting patients at Children’s and Sisters’ hospitals.

His story inspired “Phoenix’s law” which includes tougher penalties for people convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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