SEATTLE – A 4-year-old Yorkshire terrier named Killer who was rescued from a house fire that claimed the life of a person Friday is at BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Renton and expected to make a full recovery.
Renton firefighters rescued Killer from the home in the 300 block of Factory Avenue around 9:15 p.m. Friday and took him to BluePearl, where the dog was immediately placed on emergency oxygen. According to news reports, a body was also found inside the home.
Jon Wieringa, the hospital’s practice manager, said Killer was well enough to be weaned off oxygen by 2 a.m. and appears to be doing well. A friend of the family has stepped forward to claim ownership of the dog, who was originally nicknamed Cujo by firefighters, Wieringa said.
Killer will remain at BluePearl for at least another 24 hours for observation to ensure there are no lingering effects from smoke inhalation. Wieringa said the hospital is treating Killer free of charge.
“This little dog is lucky to be alive. It’s almost a miracle,” he added. “The last thing they should have to worry about is the cost of the medical care.”
As an emergency and specialty hospital, BluePearl has the ability to provide around the clock comprehensive care for every aspect of a pet’s traumatic injury. It also has the advanced equipment necessary to treat complex and urgent cases such as smoke inhalation.
Wieringa said many concerned citizens have contacted the hospital to offer donations for Killer’s care. He said anyone who would like to contribute is encouraged to contact Frankie’s Friends, which provides financial assistance to pets who need lifesaving care throughout the Seattle area. Those interested in contributing are encouraged to click here.