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Dog That Survived Martins Ferry Fire Needs a Home

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The dog that survived a fire and a basement full of frozen water in Martins Ferry two nights ago is now in a foster home.

Because of a huge viewer response on our Facebook page, WTRF has the latest in the story of this true survivor. 

Despite his dramatic rescue, his owner decided not to take him back. Now the lone animal survivor of a house fire, still clearly traumatized, is now in a foster home in Martins Ferry.

When firefighters first found him, he was literally starting to freeze, and despite his dramatic rescue, his owner decided not to take him back. He is now in a foster home in Martins Ferry.

"He was soaking wet and his hair was all frozen," said firefighter Tyler Russell.

His foster mother tells 7News he's the focus of a huge outpouring of generosity. Dr. Robert Carr of the Martins Ferry Animal Hospital is giving him free veterinary care and Kroger has donated toys, treats and food. And, a local grooming parlor has given him a free day-long spa visit.

What he needs now, however is a permanent home.

"That, you know, wouldn't be too crowded, wouldn't be you know filled with kids or what not because we don't' know what kind of traumas this dog's been through and what not, so he might not be good with kids. We'd like to find a good home where he gets the most attention possible, and maintain his diet to where he can get to a healthy weight," Russell said.

His foster home is taking applications, and they will decide in a few weeks who will become his new owner. To apply, call 740-312-5337 and leave a message. They will get back to you about the application process.