A Senior Airman in the U.S. Air Force made a terrible discovery on Friday, after coming home and finding his rental house had caught fire. According to WFLA, Senior Airman Alexander Rodriguez’s three dogs were all trapped in his house in Tampa, Florida. His dogs, Cache, a two-year-old German shepherd, Cyl, a one-year-old chow mix, and Emma, a seven-year old Jack Russell terrier, suffered severe smoke inhalation in the blaze. Reports state that the fire caused structural damage to the kitchen and filled the rest of the house with lung-damaging smoke.
Airman Rodriguez said, “When I got home, I didn’t know what was going on but I saw that my blinds had melted and there was smoke everywhere. I was in a state of shock. It didn’t seem real to me.” The three dogs are in the intensive care unit at BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Tampa, and are currently receiving emergency oxygen. Vets say Cyl and Emma are doing well, but the most recent report had Cache in critical condition. Dr. Lee Burstiner, a senior clinician with BluePearl who treated the dogs, said, “We’re still waiting to see the extent of their lung injuries. That will determine how long they will need to be hospitalized.”
According to Blue Pearl, treatment for smoke inhalation is expensive because it requires around-the-clock monitoring and intensive oxygen therapy. Rodriguez said he couldn’t afford the cost for all three dogs, so Frankie’s Friends pet charity has stepped in to help raise money. Those interested in contributing please click here. All funds raised above the goal to save Cache, Cyl and Emma will be applied to other pets in need.
Frankie’s Friends is a charitable pet foundation that assists needy families who cannot afford the full cost of emergency and specialty care. “Our hearts go out to Airman Rodriguez, particularly in light of the valuable service he has given our country,” said Bonita Voiland, executive director of Frankie’s Friends. “That’s why we’re asking the public to help us ensure he has a happy holiday season with his beloved dogs by his side.” They are in excellent hands at BluePearl, a national provider of emergency and specialty veterinary care, with more than 55 hospitals in 18 states. BluePearl hospitals offer specialty care services such as cardiology, neurology and oncology, and most offer 24-hour emergency care.