On Monday, two dogs faced a horrific situation in McMinnville, Oregon. Nobody was home, their apartment was on fire, engulfed in flames, and they were badly burned, huddled on the second floor balcony.
The Pit Bull mixes, Simba and Brandy, had nowhere to go but down. Firefighters had just arrived and began fighting the fire when one of the dogs made his decision. He climbed on the railing, balancing himself, and then jumped. The second dog wasn’t so sure, so a fireman went up on a ladder and removed some of the railing. The second dog jumped.
The images were caught on camera by Dan Belderrain of the McMinnville Fire Department.
After the dogs jumped, they ran off, and Animal Control was only able to capture them later that day. Unfortunately, they were badly burned, but they are undergoing treatment at the McMinnville Veterinary Hospital. However, with the owners newly destitute because of the fire, the hospital has been forced to donate much of the cost of medications and staff time, according to the News-Register.
Veterinarian Aaron Sears says the cost could run into the thousands of dollars, and the clinic is asking the public for help. It has set up a donation fund at Chase Bank, under the account name “McMinnville animal welfare,” and donors may specify that they are donating for the care of Simba and Brandy.
Sears says that the burns are extensive, and some are “severe.” Simba is able to walk, but he is in pain. Brandy is not yet mobile, according to the News-Register, and has burns on 30 percent of her body. Sears expects a complete recovery, however, albeit a lengthy and costly one.
If you would like to help, contact the McMinnville Veterinary Hospital.
Via the News-Register; photos via Dan Belderrain of the McMinnville Fire Department