Gemma, local dog believed to have been intentionally set on fire, finds forever home

Gemma and her foster mom- Photo courtesy of MADACC

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A dog believed to have been intentionally set on fire back in October has officially been adopted.

Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) shared the update in a post on social media Thursday, Dec. 15.

Gemma was found in the middle of the road near 16th and Burleigh, covered in burns. It was first believed that she'd been hit by a car. 

"While we don't know exactly what happened, the speculation is that someone poured lighter fluid on her and set her on fire intentionally," Community Engagement Coordinator for MADACC Kate Hartlund said.

After months of treatment and recovery, Gemma has found a new home, complete with two siblings- another dog and a cat.

Gemma's foster mom saw her initial story and knew that she was in the unique position to help her. Now, a co-worker of Gemma's foster mom is welcoming Gemma in as a permanent member of the family.

MADACC says Gemma loves playing with her new brother, Gryffin, and we're told her cat sibling is "slowly getting used to her."

Photo courtesy of MADACC

"Gemma's positive outcome is the result of the dedication of our vet team, her foster mom, and you, the community," MADACC said. "Happy tails, Gemma!"

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