Being trapped inside a burning home isn’t something anyone hopes for, but for one California puppy, the near-death experience was actually a blessing in disguise.
Earlier this month, firefighters from the Lompoc Fire Department responded to a call about a house that had caught fire. When they arrived at the scene, they found the resident, Edward Vantassel, had made it out of the home on his own. However, his puppy was still trapped inside so they suited up and rushed in.
Crews finally found the puppy on the home’s second floor, but when they laid eyes on him, they quickly realized the fire wasn’t the only thing putting the helpless animal in danger. “Firefighters located the dog inside of an overturned, weighted down box in a room on the second floor of the residence,” the Lompoc Police Department said. “Firefighters also discovered the dog’s muzzle and rear legs had been bound with rubber bands.”
Once they safely made it outside with the puppy, named Pooh, they cut him free, got him water, and then sent him to the vet for treatment. For now, Pooh is recuperating with his foster home while he waits to find his forever home. Vantassel, on the other hand, has been taken into custody and charged with a felony count of cruelty to an animal.
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