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Pit bull saves owners from house fire

8:03 AM, Feb 15, 2013   |    comments
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (KOCO) - A 10-year-old pit bull terrier in Lincoln County, Oklahoma is being praised for her heroic actions after saving two sisters from their burning home.

You'd never know Baby is an old dog. Her owners can barely keep up. And apparently, Baby's mind is just as fast as her feet.

Early Tuesday, smoke and flames filled the family's Wellston home.

Rhonda Westenberger and her sister were sound asleep, unaware of the danger until Baby sprang to action.

"Baby, the pit bull, she went and nudged her and kept touching her," Rhonda said.

The dog would not stop barking and pouncing until the women woke up. When they did, the sisters had just seconds to escape.

"I went back and there were flames shooting down the hallway. If Baby hadn't woken Evelyn up, I don't think either one of us would have come out of this," Rhonda said.

The women ran out but their other five dogs were stuck inside. Once again, Baby came to the rescue.

"And then there was one hiding under the bed, wouldn't come out. Baby actually went under there, grabbed it by the neck and dragged him outside," Rhonda said.

The family's home of 17 years and everything in it is gone, but the family says their hope is not lost.

"She's always come across to us as one of the family and this just proves it," Rhonda said.

As long as they have their family, their baby, by their side.

"I'm so proud of her. She is my hero. She's the hero for all of us," Rhonda said.


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