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She wouldn’t leave fire without her dog

A woman who refused to leave her burning apartment without her dachsund remained in critical condition in a Houston hospital yesterday.

Relatives say Claudia Harris was cooking Saturday when the fire started inside her unit at the Hearthwood Apartments near Reliant Stadium. The landlord tried to get her out, but she wouldn’t leave without first finding her dachsund, Minnie, TV station KHOU in Houston reported.

“I’m not surprised that she would do something like that because I know how she feels about this dog and she will risk her own life for this dog,” said Charisse Harris, the victim’s daughter. “She treats the dog like a person. It’s like her other daughter.”

By the time firefighters arrived, Harris was unconscious and they had to carry her out. Minnie, the dog, managed to escape on her own and she wasn’t injured.

(Photo courtesy of KHOU-TV)


Comment from baby_remi
Time March 31, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Super scary. Petplan (my pet insurance provider) just created a tool on their blog that will make you an instant custom Pet Rescue Alert to put in your window to alert firemen that there is a pet in the house. You can upload your pet’s image (or take one with your webcam) and enter his name, and it’ll create a sticker for you to print out. Super cool. Check it out: http://blog.gopetplan.com/2009/03/27/FireSafety.aspx