When the Bakersfield Fire Department in California responded to a dumpster fire call last week, little did they know they’d be saving a life.
Arriving on the scene, firefighter Paul Alvarado, from Engine Company 6, saw that there was a brush on fire—and he could hear an unusual sound coming from it: the cries of a small puppy.
According to KGET, Alvarado went in and discovered the tiny lab pup, all on his own, was trapped under the flames. He rescued him from the brush, and the dog survived with burns on its hindleg and mouth.
The puppy was fittingly named “Fuego” (Spanish for “fire”) and was treated by a local animal care facility.
He was then taken in by Pet Matchmaker Rescue. According to vets, Fuego was less than one week old when he was rescued.
“He’s very little,” Morgan Sokolow from Pet Matchmaker told WSET. “He’s got his eyes closed still.”
Sadly, he was most likely separated from his family during the fire.
“We think that mom was able to get the other babies out and took off with them but was unable to reach this one because he was underneath the fire,” Sokolow said.
Fuego is now in foster care. Because he is so young and without a mother, he’ll need a lot of care, on top of treating his burns.
“The fireman got him out and we’re going to get his belly full and get him all comfortable.”
He’ll be in foster care for a few months, and will be put up for adoption when he’s healthy and ready.
Facebook updates from Pet Matchmakers show that Fuego has been doing well in his first week. He’s eating well and sleeping a lot, and thanks to good timing has lots of “adopted siblings” to play with: a litter of baby doberman mixes was rescued around the same time.
Hopefully Fuego goes to a good forever home soon!
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