Tiny pup survives fire thanks to extraordinary effort

All About Animals

POSTED: Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 7:04am

A Huntsville, Alabama firefighter risked his own life to save a puppy Monday.

'I wasn't worried about my house, I was just worried about my dog,' said Demetic McCaulley.

McCaulley watched as a firefighter came out of her burning home with her puppy, Hen.

'This is my baby,' she told firefighter Hunter Robinson when he handed it over.

'When we first made entry, upon seeing the flames, we could hear the dog barking and crying,' said Robinson. 'It took us awhile to find him.'

The three month old pit bull suffered smoke inhalation.

Rescue crews worked on the dog for several minutes and used an oxygen mask to help him breathe.

Firefighters aren't sure what caused the fire.

'I was across the street over at my grandfather's house. He told me that my house was smoking,' said McCaulley. 'I hollered for my daughter. She was running out and my dog ran in.'

Paramedics took McCaulley's 17-year-old daughter to the hospital with minor injuries.

She is expected to be okay.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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