Dogs escape gun battle and house fire and now in need of new homes

3 small dogs escape shootout with police and house fire and now in need of new homes.

On December 21st, 2014 the news in Sacramento was focused on a standoff in Auburn. 53-year-old William Corson, who had been known for beating his girlfriend, sprayed her with bear repellant and then got into a gun battle with police. He fired more than 100 rounds at officers and neighboring houses on Sunday. At some point in time, a fire began in the garage of the home.  Eventually the standoff would end with Corson being killed by police.  What you didn’t hear in any of the news reports were of the other victims.  In the home there were also 4 dogs.  One did not make it out alive, and by the grace of DOG, one white dog (named Angel) flew out of a second floor window but only suffered minor burns.

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After was all said and done, animal control was called out to capture and care for the dogs. It took some work to capture them all, and the poor animal control officer had to see this traumatic event.  They went into protective custody at the Placer County Animal services and I was notified about these dogs.  The girlfriend who had just lost her home was so worried that her dogs would be put to sleep. She knew she was homeless and couldn’t care for them, but she also wanted to make sure they were safe. This alone made me want to go the next day and take the dogs. I knew nothing about them, other than they were there but knew I had to help.  I cannot imagine what this poor woman has been through, and although, I cannot take away the abuse she has endured, I hope that making sure her dogs are safe will take a little off her shoulders.

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Angel shows the sheer determination to live.  He might be a little shy, but the fact he is alive is a miracle.  When the house caught on fire, this boy wanted out.  He narrowly escaped death by jumping out a second story window.  He was taken to an emergency vet, and everyone was shocked he was ok. He suffered from some real minor burns (mostly hair burnt) but otherwise he was fine! He is about 4 years old and likely a Lhaso Apso and Maltese mix, has a funny over bite but is cute as can be! He will be neutered, up to date on vaccines, microchipped and will come with a month of free pet insurance.


Peggy is a 7 year old Chihuahua who is about 8 pounds. She is thin and was not doing well at the shelter (to the point that they asked me several times if I wanted to take her).  Amazingly, as soon as I got to my house she warmed up right away and she is the sweetest dog.  She sheds quite a bit (which may be the stress from the shelter or not) so probably not a great dog for people with allergies.  She is currently being fostered in a home with children and dogs, and really has adjusted quite well.  She will be spayed, microchipped, vaccinated, and she will come with a month of free pet insurance.

Monkey (that is what I call him)
This silly dark Shih Tzu makes me think of a monkey. And since he is the only one I could find no record of his name, that is what I call him!

He is about 4 years old, and a little more vocal in his crate, but is learning quickly. Two intact boys can be difficult to have in a new home (marking) so he is crated when no one is home.  He is social and super cute!  He will be neutered, up to date on vaccines, microchipped and will come with a month of free pet insurance.

Adoption Process
If you live in the Sacramento area and are interested in adopting one of these dogs and are committed to giving them the homes they deserve for the rest of their lives, you can find our adoption process online at:

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