Help needed for dog rescued from Olathe house fire

KANSAS CITY – A 6-year-old border collie mix who was pulled from a house fire Sunday afternoon is being treated for smoke inhalation at BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital and a national

Finley at BluePearl's ICU (BluePearl Veterinary Partners photo)

Finley receiving oxygen in BluePearl’s ICU (BluePearl Veterinary Partners photo).

pet charity is raising money to help pay for her care.

Finley was unconscious when firefighters found her in the living room of the home on W. Ashbury Street in Olathe. After being revived, she was rushed to BluePearl, where she was immediately placed on emergency oxygen in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

Dr. Ryan Bragg, a board-certified specialist in emergency and critical care with BluePearl, said Finley will need to be hospitalized for at least the next 3-4 days so doctors can watch for any ill effects from the smoke inhalation.

“She’s doing OK but she’s still pretty weak,” Bragg said. “We’ll continue to monitor her closely because there are always a lot of unknowns when it comes to smoke inhalation.”

As an emergency and specialty veterinary hospital, BluePearl has the ability to provide 24-hour monitoring and comprehensive care for traumatic injuries. It also has the advanced equipment and trained staff necessary to treat complex and urgent cases such as smoke inhalation.

Finley’s owner, Diane Lowe, said the home was severely damaged in the blaze. Frankie’s Friends, a national charity that provides financial assistance to families with pets who need lifesaving care, is stepping in to raise money on her behalf. Those interested in contributing are encouraged to click here.

Lowe said she was grocery shopping Sunday when a neighbor called to tell her about the fire. She rushed home and watched anxiously as fire crews gave Finley oxygen.

Finley (photo courtesy of Diane Lowe)

Finley (photo courtesy of Diane Lowe)

“It was horrible seeing her that way,” Lowe said. “I sat with her and talked to her until she was stable enough to get to the hospital.”

Unfortunately, Lowe’s two cats perished in the fire.

Lowe said she adopted Finley when she was just six weeks old. She said the pup is her 16-year-old daughter’s best friend.

“She’s a great dog with a loving personality,” Lowe said. “I can’t imagine life without her.”