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7/17/2014 6:00:00 AM
Golden Valley fire kills family pet
Newborn puppies were saved
Golden Valley firefighter Matt Gore suppresses a house fire Monday night that claimed the life of a dog that recently gave birth to five puppies. (GVFD/Courtesy)
Golden Valley firefighter Matt Gore suppresses a house fire Monday night that claimed the life of a dog that recently gave birth to five puppies. (GVFD/Courtesy)
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

GOLDEN VALLEY - A house fire in Golden Valley took the life of a family dog Tuesday night, despite firefighters' efforts to save the animal.

According to the Golden Valley Fire Department, the fire at a home on Canelo Road was called in at about 10:45 p.m.

Firefighters were able to contain the majority of fire damage to the porch and front entryway.

After quickly dousing the fire, firefighters searched the home for occupants and found a family pet in cardiac arrest.

Firefighters attempted to treat the dog, but the pet succumbed to smoke inhalation and died at the scene.

The homeowner was able to save the dog's five puppies, but her attempt to catch their mother failed when heavy smoke forced the owner to exit the home.

Chief Tom O'Donohue, while sympathetic to the homeowner, said it is never wise to go into a burning home to rescue an animal, but to wait for emergency responders.

Golden Valley Fire Marshal Randy Osborn said the cause of the fire was due to the improper disposal of smoking material.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, August 4, 2014
Article comment by: Grannies Goose

We have been the only ones helping her, with the exception of someone giving her a roof over her head. But it would be nice if someone else would pitch in!

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014
Article comment by: Grannies Goose

The pathetic part of this is the fire department could have been there a few minutes earlier if the washed out roads from last years rain were fixed. They had to turn around and go around the block as there is currently only one way in and it will wash out next big rain! The electric company didn't know about that road and actually got stuck, requiring the fire department to leave the area to pull him out. Now, it could have been a human being that died instead of a lactating dog due to lack of county concern for these roads!

Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014
Article comment by: Debbie Giannuzzi

Response to comment by Oprah Winfrey

Good homes were found for all of the pups, and they are expected to thrive. The owner, however, has lost their pet and home. This was not an irresponsible act, and the ownere could use some help if you are feeling benevolent.

Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Article comment by: Oprah Winfrey

Poor mama. Rest in Peace. Praying the lil pups survive without her..

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