Dog Saves Rescuer from Fire: 200 Animals Displaced

A Florida woman dedicated to saving animals has been rescued from a house fire by one of her dogs. Pasco County Fire & EMS officials say the home is a loss, and now 200 animals are homeless in the wake of the blaze.

The fire started around 4 am Saturday and spread quickly. “The flames were shooting from the roof,” neighbor Marcia Gilbert said.

Tammy Kemp was sound asleep when the fire broke out, and she was saved by a persistent dog who alerted her to the spreading flames. She and the 200 animals she cares for were able to escape unharmed. Local rescues are scrambling to find homes for them.

“We got out here and tried to get it organized to get as many animals to safety to be cared for,” Lynda Barhorst, of Sky Harbor, said, “while she’s going through what she’s going through.”

Barhorst said Kemp is in total shock.

“She’s very distraught. She’s going to need a lot of help in the coming days. If somebody can come out here and help her with the animals that would be great,” Barhorst said. “She’s lost everything. She doesn’t even have her clothing.

“We will take care of the animals as long as she needs them,” Barhorst said.







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    July 22, 2012 12:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Renee

    Poor woman. But the “fire” sounds suspicious to me.

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      July 23, 2012 2:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Monica

      Yea, I’m sure. Woman with no insurance, 200 animals and it sounds suspicious to you. I hope you aren’t insinuating she did this because if you are, you are sick.

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    July 22, 2012 12:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marie

    Prayers to this amazing woman and the special animals she cares for.

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    July 22, 2012 12:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Maeve

    A true hero dog. Hopefully they all will find new accommodation until back home! Shared Thanks :)

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  • July 22, 2012 12:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Barb

    She’s an animal rescuer, hence the number of dogs. Not insanity.

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  • July 22, 2012 12:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Yvette-Yvey

    Sometimes the unexplainable things happen, I’m just glad the lady and her animals still have their lives, good thoughts and prayers sent their way…

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    July 22, 2012 12:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Rauline

    Oh my …..God Bless Her and her animals…as she truly must be a wonderful person.

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    July 22, 2012 12:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Joy

    From what I understand, there were all kinds of rescued animals–barnyard and domestic. I hope this well-deserving woman gets all the help she needs.

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  • July 22, 2012 12:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Dianne

    Rescuer, great but still 200 ???

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  • July 22, 2012 12:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jann

    no kill shelters get large fast…she has kept alive 200 creatures that would of been destroyed. How can one judge harshly a person with selfless love for the needy. Life is sacred, even a dogs!

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    July 22, 2012 12:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Paula

    200 isn’t unreasonable when you are rescuing animals – it was either her or death – I’m glad they had her!!! Guess some people would have limited their love and concern for animals – she didn’t let the numbers get in the way of her devotion.

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    July 22, 2012 12:25 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    200 dogs??? Did she have Large live in staff. Acres and acres of property? Without the sainted label of rescue attaches to this women’s name she would be labeled a puppy mill or hoarder. How could anyone give proper care to 200 dogs?

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    July 22, 2012 12:25 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Michelle

    as long as she kept them in good condition with proper housing and care then she should be commended for saving the lives. i do wonder though if she might be a hoarder saying she is a rescuer. but, despite that. she and her animals need help. i just pray that they will ALL be all right and taken care of.

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  • July 22, 2012 12:26 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ann

    Is there a chip in? I’d like to help if possible. Can’t afford much much anything helps doesn’t it? Xx

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    July 22, 2012 12:27 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Joy

    She had a lot of birds, ducks, geese, quail, rabbits, etc. Those add up easily. At another website pictures of the animals show them to be well fed and cared for, and they weren’t all in her house, of course!! She managed to get them all freed and safe. The fire is believed to be electrical in nature.

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  • July 22, 2012 12:32 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ernestine

    The number does not matter, what matters is that she was a saint for caring for 200 animals no one wanted, that she saved all 200 of them, and now she needs help, Please post an address to start fund raisers for her, I am in

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  • July 22, 2012 12:34 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ernestine

    I would love to start fund raisers here as quickly as possible to assist with the feeding and caring of the animals and hopefully find some place for her and the animals to go. I would hate to see them survive this and have to be put down.

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    July 22, 2012 12:36 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Joy

    Michelle, she is a recognized rescuer. Ann, there is a number for the Red Cross in the article.

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  • July 22, 2012 12:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Carmen

    Yes, lets support this amazing lady! Money or by adopting some of these animals. Lets give!

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    July 22, 2012 12:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Alexandra

    …200 animals?!

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  • July 22, 2012 12:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Faye

    It’s really creepy how karma works sometimes, but we all see what good karma has done for her. The dog she rescued, rescued her in return. Who knew? My God.

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    July 22, 2012 1:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Suzan

    I’ll donate!

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  • July 22, 2012 1:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Dawn

    It is truly sad that when we hear about something like this, we humans can’t seem to take the details at face value. I understand that there are tons of “phoney” stories out there but there are also the very real ones who deserve any type of support we can provide, be it monetary or emotional. Bless her for her good deeds and may they come back to her threefold.

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    July 22, 2012 2:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Eva

    it’s a tragedy!!! thank God they are all safe!!! hopes for the best about all these animals!!!

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  • July 22, 2012 3:29 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Carly

    Huge tragedy. Please get home insurance everyone…

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  • July 22, 2012 3:37 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Dotty

    Please keep us all posted..we want to help!

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  • July 22, 2012 5:18 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Michelle

    why does she have 200 animals, seems a little out of control

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  • July 22, 2012 5:28 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Daphnée

    Michelle, if you would read the story/comments above it would give you the answer to your question.

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  • July 22, 2012 5:29 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Daphnée

    God bless her.

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    July 22, 2012 8:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Britta

    Hope people in the area will step up to the plate, and help her…..with whatever us needed! God bless her soul …..doing the great things she is doing and wants to do! Xoxo

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    July 27, 2012 3:39 amPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    No, its not “sick” to think it was suspicious. She is not even the homeowner as she claimed to be. Her boyfriend was and has been out of town for the past month. She has set up donations only going to her, not the actual homeowner. This is her 3RD house fire.

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