An adorable Pit Bull puppy who was rescued from a fire in South Carolina now works as a firefighter!
Jake was only 3 weeks-old when he was severely burned in a house fire in Charleston, South Carolina in April last year.
William Lindler, a firefighter with the Hanahan Fire Department, responded to the call about the fire and saved the pup from the “badly burning shed”.
“I saw mama dog and several puppies running out. I saw one puppy trying to make his way out, when a piece of the ceiling fell on top of him. He started yelping, but he wiggled himself free and backed into a corner and cowered down,” Lindler told the Dodo. ”I brought him outside, and he was pretty bad. He wasn’t moving. He wasn’t breathing. I did mouth-to-snout on him, until we could administer oxygen.”
The firefighter took the poor pup to an emergency veterinarian. Lindler was told that the puppy, who had suffered second-
But the pup is a fighter. After receiving morphine and antibiotic treatment for more than a month, Jake pulled through and recovered.
Jake’s owners could not afford to pay his veterinary bills and “abandoned him.”
Lindler then stepped up and offered to adopt the puppy, ABC News reported.
The little Pit Bull had a tough time of it. He had laser skin surgery, and veterinary staff had to scrub off dead skin every day.
“All in all, it was about four months of recovery,” Lindler told ABC News. “Of course, even when he came home, we still had to continue putting on special antibiotics and ointments, and his scars will always remain. We actually have to put sunscreen on him when we take him to the beach.”
Slowly, Jake’s condition improved. And last September, Lindler decided to take the dog to the fire department.
“All the guys fell in love with him, and the ladies at town hall always have treats for him,” Lindler said.
The proud dog owner even shared that theHanahan’s fire chief and mayor proclaimed Jake an honorary firefighter and swore him in as the official mascot for the fire department in December.
Now, Lindleris hoping to train Jake as an arson detection dog. He also hopes that Jake’s story will help change people’s perception of Pit Bulls.
“[Jake] is actually a very loving and gentle dog who’s never met anyone he didn’t like,” Lindler told ABC News.
Source: The Blaze