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Pregnant dog saves people from fire at Russian health centre, suffers severe burns in the process

The dog, Matilda, barked loudly to alert the four residents, who were evacuated in the nick of time from the burning wooden building by firefighters and taken away in ambulances.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 22, 2020 10:36:08 am
dog saves people burning hospice, dog gets burnt hospice fire, russian hospice dog saves patients, pregnant dog gets burned hospice fire, viral news, indian expressPeople on social media have been praying for the dog and its babies while many have donated money for its care. (Source: spbvasilek/vk.com)

A pregnant dog in Russia is being lauded for her acute alertness after she helped save four elderly patients from a blaze that broke out at a private hospice centre in Russia. The dog, however, suffered severe burns during the incident. Now, people around the city have joined hands to raise money to help with the dog’s medical treatment.

Earlier this month, a fire broke out at a private hospice centre in Leningrad region near St. Petersburg, Russia. The dog, Matilda, barked loudly to alert the four residents, who were evacuated in the nick of time from the burning wooden building by firefighters and taken away in ambulances.

Although the people were rescued due to Matilda’s quick response, by mistake the firefighters forgot about the pooch, who was left behind inside the burning structure and on a leash. “During the hustle and bustle, everyone forgot about the dog named Matilda, who was on a leash. Motya, as she is affectionately called, could not escape the fire, she was badly burned,” reported Russian media outlet SPB.

dog saves people burning hospice, dog gets burnt hospice fire, russian hospice dog saves patients, pregnant dog gets burned hospice fire, viral news, indian express The caregivers are working hard to heal her severe burns while also caring for her pups. (Source: spbvasilek/vk.com)

Hours later, when a TV journalist’s broadcast showed the dog severely injured, winching in pain, Petersburg animal rights activists and volunteers Alexander Tsinkevich and Elena Kalinina rushed to the site and rescued it.

They brought the injured dog to Sotnikov’s clinic and shelter, where upon examination they found the canine to be pregnant. A statement from the shelter said, “Matilda’s face, neck and abdomen were severely burned. Her muzzle remained completely naked, only burnt skin is visible. Her abdomen, in which the kids are, also looks creepy.”

“She was checked over by a fertility specialist who looked at her for a very long time and carefully studied the puppies. They are all alive and developing well,” Daily Star reported.

dog saves people burning hospice, dog gets burnt hospice fire, russian hospice dog saves patients, pregnant dog gets burned hospice fire, viral news, indian express The dog is expected to give birth next week. (Source: spbvasilek/vk.com)

With the help of people’s contribution, the shelter is posting regular updates about the dog’s progress saying she is ready to give birth any time next week. However, Matilda might not be able to feed her babies right away as her abdomen and nipples are heavily burnt.

After the fire, the hospice owner was not able to take care of the dog due to injury, local reports added. However, back at the clinic, vets and volunteers are helping the pooch recover fast.

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