Denali’s Story 

Posted: 4:10 am Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

By Ann Kelly



Denali’s story is not an easy one to hear or to actually see. It’s beyond my comprehension how someone could allegedly set two dogs on fire in a house and just leave them there. But that’s not how Denali’s story ends thanks to the Suncoast Animal League.


The first post I saw on social media from Executive Director Rick Chaboudy carried a warning on how graphic the pictures of Denali were and I hope to never see animal abuse like this again.  We all cried when we saw them and prayed that the wonderful folks like Dr. Lee at BluePearl Animal Speciality and Emergency Pet Hospital could someone ease her pain. And we prayed ever harder for her recovery. They tried every possible combination of pain meds, kept her comfortable and cheered her every little victory. The best news of all this week was two-fold; the arrest of Brandi Chisolm Corrigan. She has now been officially charged with Felony Cruelty to Animal charges. according to a release from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. Take a moment to listen to my interview with Rick to hear all of Denali’s story. 


Denali’s recovery continues with all those little victories, like the first time she raised her head and gave the vet a little kiss. The first time she wagged her tail. And that first walk. But it’s a long road to recovery from such severe burns. I’d like to invite you to donate to her fund and give her back the life any animal deserves, not the pain she still lives with. The Suncoast Animal League has had and will have many more fund raisers to help Denali and other pets just look for their furever friends. I’m happy to be a small part of their work at the 11th Annual Dogtoberfest November 10th in Highlander Park, Dunedin. Pet lovers line up early for the Super Adopt-A-Thon, the Running of the Wieners always draws a big crowd, and there are so many rescue groups to talk with. It’s the one day where anything seems possible for so many little four-legged friends. I hope you can join us and please follow the Suncoast Animal League for updates on fund-raisers and Denali’s ongoing recovery. There are still good people in this world.