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Happy homecoming: Three dogs injured in house fire to be reunited with their U.S. Air Force owner

TAMPA — The three dogs who suffered severe smoke inhalation after they were trapped in a house fire have made a full recovery and will be discharged from  BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Tampa on New Year’s Day.

From left: Cache, Cyl and Emma. (BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital)

From left: Cache, Cyl and Emma. (BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital)

Their owner, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Alex Rodriguez, said he’s incredibly grateful for the lifesaving care his dogs have received since they arrived at BluePearl on the night of Dec. 18. In addition, Frankie’s Friends pet charity has raised more than $10,000 to help pay for treatment.

“They’re doing amazingly well,” said Rodriguez, who lost everything in the fire at his West Carmen Street rental home. “It’s a complete turnaround from the night I first brought them in.”

The dogs are Cache, a 2-year-old German shepherd; Cyl, a 1-year-old chow mix; and Emma, a 7-year-old Jack Russell Terrier.

Dr. Miryam Reems, who helped oversee the dogs’ care, said the case illustrates the benefits of the collaborative care offered at BluePearl, which employs specialists in a variety of services, including radiology, internal medicine and cardiology.

Reems said doctors from throughout the hospital came together to ensure the best possible outcome for Cyl, Cache and Emma.

“You think that you’re getting one doctor but you’re really getting 50 because we work as a team,” said Reems, who is board certified in critical care. “Plus, as an emergency hospital, we’re open 24-hours a day. So we’re able to offer around the clock monitoring, which is necessary in a case like this.”

While at BluePearl, all three dogs received emergency oxygen as well as antibiotics to ward off pneumonia. The dogs were all healthy enough to leave the hospital’s intensive care unit by Dec. 28,

The three dogs spent Christmas at BluePearl, where the caregivers enjoyed their company. (BluePearl Veterinary Partners photo)

The three dogs spent Christmas at BluePearl, where the staff enjoyed their company. (BluePearl Veterinary Partners photo)

but Rodriguez needed to find a new home.

Frankie’s Friends is still continuing to raise money to help Rodriguez. Those interested in contributing can click here.

“I can’t tell you how thankful all of us are,” said Rodriguez. “It’s crazy to see how many people came together to help save us. None of this would be possible without them.”