Dog runs into burning home to save her puppies

When Sarah Mills smelled smoke as her house caught on fire she was able to escape along with her two-year-old female pit bull named Shai. Unfortunately, Shai’s litter of four-week-old puppies was still in the burning home. Shai’s motherly instincts kicked in and she ran back into the burning home to try to save them.

Mills tried to run in after Shai but was stopped by Calgary firefighters. As Shai ran into save her puppies, who were in the garage, she became trapped in the burning home. She covered her pups to protect them from the flames and luckily firefighters were able to rescue Shai and all of her puppies in time. It was fortunate the puppies were in the garage, if they hadn’t been firefighters aren’t sure they would’ve made it to them in time.

The damage to the home was extensive, but all the dogs made it out safely. “They were all wet and covered in smoke. They’re only four weeks old, but they’re still breathing,” said Mills cousin Stuart Nickelson. Shai and her puppies were all taken to the veterinary clinic for check-ups after the fire.

12 thoughts on “Dog runs into burning home to save her puppies”

  1. Yay for the firefighters that saved Shai and her puppies. Kuddos to the firefighters on a job well done!

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  2. This is a great story, it’s unfortunate that some people only focus on the negative aspects. Pit bulls are great, loyal dogs, who have been stereotyped as vicious because of uneducated people who do a crappy job of socializing them properly. Get the facts straight. Maybe get off your high horse and go down to your local shelter and spend some time with them. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up adopting one and having an amazing family pet.

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  3. I agree this is a great story but you might not have to go down the your local animal shelter if people would quit breeding dogs for the wrong reasons-to lazy to pen them up or have them spayed, going to make a BUNCH of money- won’t make any if you do it right!

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  4. BSL is utter rubbish. However the undeniable fact is that thousands of dogs are put to sleep in pounds. Rescue groups cannot save them all and that backyard breeding is as bad as puppy farming. The entire industry needs to be overhauled. Pet shops should not be able to sell puppies and all puppies advertised should be sold desexed. I also think she looked underfed and her teats did not look healthy, but apart from that WHERE are her puppies going after the owner sells them for personal gain. Another 6-8 dogs out there who may or may not go to good homes, who may or may not be desexed and treated with love as it deserved. And because of BSL the likelihood of these dogs growing to old age is remote.

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  5. I agree wholeheartedly Sue. I’m concerned about Shai’s teets also. I do hope she is being cared for properly by her owners. She obviously needs vet care. A good thing though, it says Shai was taken to the vet once she and her brood were saved.

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  6. i had two pitbulls inside our house for 9 years, mother and son, they were the most loyal, intellegent, loving dogs i’ve ever had. so to those people who say pitbulls are hateful dogs i assume they never even had the chance to be love and be master of pitbulls.. shame on you haters

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    • yes, the ribs are showing bcoz she just had the puppies for 4 weeks! my pittie had 11 litters when she gave birth and we had to help her feed those 11 to the point of giving milk every two hours for the next two months so that they will all survive and they did! the mother had to be fed constantly also..

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