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Dogs Save Owners from Fire; Injuries Treated at VMTH

January 25, 2012

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Honey, left, a Great Pyrenees mix, and Gizzy, a Shih Tzu mix, wait with their owner Cheryl Washington for discharge from the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital on January 25, 2012


January 25, 2012

To our many supporters and generous individuals who have called to help the "hero dogs" that alerted their owners to escape from a fire in their home Tuesday morning:

Thank you for your many calls and offers of help for "Gizzy" and "Honey," the two dogs being treated for smoke inhalation at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

As reported on KCRA television news, when a fire broke out in their home, the two dogs started barking and awakened one of the home's residents, allowing her to escape and go for help. The dogs were overcome by smoke. The local veterinarian placed them on oxygen and referred the animals to the Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Unit for intensive care services. The UC Davis emergency medicine specialists continued to administer oxygen and monitored the dogs closely until they were well enough to be moved from the ICU to the regular hospital wards, where, on Wednesday afternoon, they were discharged.

Starting Wednesday morning, concerned individuals have called the teaching hospital offering to help pay for Gizzy and Honey's care.

To donate funds to the teaching hospital, please visit our website, To complete the form and assure that your gift is used for these patients, please select "VMTH Area of Greatest Need--Any Species. Also, please be sure to note in the comments section that your gift is for the "hero dogs."

Credit card gifts may be made over the phone by calling (530) 752-7024. This number is available 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Callers may leave a message if the line is busy or if they need to call during the noon hour.

Gifts will assist with the care of Gizzy and Honey. If any funds remain after the dogs have fully recovered, the hospital will use the funds to help other pets in similar situations. Gifts that come to the School of Veterinary Medicine in this way are tax deductible.

Thank you for your compassion and generosity.