Firefighters in Santa Barbara, California were responding to a fire at a home in a gated community in Lompoc when they discovered a puppy confined to the garage.
Upon taking a closer look at the tiny dog, who was sitting in a box in the garage, it was clear he had been abused. Battalion Chief Mark Clayton told ksby.com, “There were some signs of possible cruelty. It was an odd situation – I can’t say for sure – but it didn’t look right.”
When firefighters found the dog in the home on Crown Circle off of W. Laurel Ave. and V St. around 4 pm, the pup was luckily unharmed by the fire and smoke. The fire department called Santa Barbara County Animal Services and turned the dog over to the experts there for care.
According to Clayton, if it’s determined that abuse took place, there may be a criminal investigation to follow. Apparently, the fire started in a corner of the garage where a lot of belongings were stored, which likely increased the strength of the blaze.
One person was home sleeping at the time, said enough smoke traveled in the house to trigger the fire alarm. “A working smoke detector woke the occupant from a dead sleep,” Clayton said. The person in the home was taken to Lompoc Valley Medical Center for treatment related to exposure to smoke, and the fire was extinguished in about five minutes.
We are happy firefighters were able to rescue this puppy, and if it is determined he was abused, he will be taken away from the family and placed in safe hands.