Dog Sacrifices Himself to Save Entire Family From House Fire

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Dog Sacrifices Himself to Save Entire Family From House Fire

 

A Florida family is mourning their dog, Zippy, who tragically passed away. The Jack Russell terrier saved them from a burning building in the middle of the night. According to an article by Unilad, a British Internet media company and website owned by LADbible Group, the Butler family was asleep when a blaze broke out in their attic around 2 am at 15th East Street. The fire consumed the furniture and set the ceiling alight. 

 

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Their alarm did ring but only for a short while. Luckily, Zippy sensed the danger around him. He started barking and didn’t stop until the family was awake. He was running back and forth and was determined to try and get the family out of the house. “He was a part of the fire alarm, he was barking. We just made it out the door while everything was collapsing, with a big plume of black smoke fire was everywhere,” the father said. 

 

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The Butler family made it out safely, however, they didn’t manage to get Zippy. “The floor in the living room was all on fire so there was nowhere for him to run out. Even if the smoke was this high. He was a short little dog. There was nowhere for him to go,” Butler explained. 

 

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The family had no choice but to wait until the firemen stopped the fire. Unfortunately, Zippy was found hiding under a bed inside the home. killed by the smoke. It was too late. According to the Daily Mail, a British daily middle-market newspaper published in London in a tabloid format, the family adopted Zippy at the Humane Society of Manatee County. “He was a good dog. He did his job, we rescued him, and I guess he returned the favor,” Butler said. 

According to the Bradenton Fire Department, the cause of the fire is still unknown. 

 

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