The dachshund, named Bella, was at home alone when the fire broke out at 7025 Parliament Drive in Tampa around 12 noon.
Her owner, Marsha Colon, was at the store with her husband and their 6-year-old daughter when a neighbor called to tell her about the fire.
“I went nuts,” said Colon. “I knew my little Bella was in there. I was afraid she wasn’t going to make it.”
Colon said firefighters pulled Bella from the smoldering house and rushed her to BluePearl, where she was given emergency oxygen and treated for smoke inhalation. Doctors said she was responding well to treatment and are optimistic she will make a full recovery.
Frankie’s Friends charitable pet foundation is contributing to the cost of Bella’s care. Those interested in donating are encouraged to click here and select “Florida.” Under comments, please write “For Bella.” If additional funds are raised, they will be used to help other pets in the Tampa Bay area.
Colon said her family lost everything in the fire, and they are receiving emergency relief from the American Red Cross. She said the family adopted Bella from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay about two years ago, and the little dog has been the constant companion of her 9-year-old son Isiah ever since.
“She always sleeps with him,” said Colon. “She’s a member of our family. I don’t know what we would do without her.”
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs 2,400 team members including more than 500 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa FL.