Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on August 12, 2012
This is an amazing story of a courageous mother dog rescuing her 10-day-old puppies from a burning home in Chile that had been set on fire following the explosion of a car bomb. The story first appeared online on Soy Temuco news agency, and Daily Mail later reported on it — four of the five pups are doing well:
The blaze broke out at a home in Santa Rosa de Temuco, Chile, on Thursday after a car bomb went off.
The mother dog — a German Shepherd mix called Amanda — risked her life to pick up the puppies in her mouth and carried them from the burning house to the safety of the fire truck.
She ran between the house and truck over and over again until all puppies were safe.
After rescuing all of her pups from the blaze, Amanda sat down next to them, protecting them with her body as the firefighters fought the blaze.
Amanda and her puppies were then taken to a vet where one puppy called Amparo, who had suffered severe burns, died.
The other four puppies were doing well.
The vet, Felipe Lara, told Soy Chile that Amanda had defended her puppies when they tried to take them away from her to care for them.
Eventually she let them check over her pups but she wanted to stay with ailing Amparo and did not want to let her from her sight.
Translated text (it’s a bit rough) from Soy Temuco:
This morning, the clinic veterinarian Altamira, Felipe Lara, said the puppy was in serious condition yesterday. “There (were) four of them really well, no burns, but one fell out when they were rescuing and has several burns on the abdomen, mouth and lost skin. The truth is that it is complicated,” said Lara. Amparo the burned puppy died last night.
On the state of Amanda, Lara said the dog got stressed and very aggressive to defend her puppies. “The funny thing is that they caught those who were healthy, no, she cared for the sick boy, she wanted to be with him and she bit everyone to not take him.”
The vet explained that Amanda, along with the puppies could not be hospitalized because given the age of the animals – less than 10 days, it is dangerous away from his mother.
The owner of the home was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for burns.