Puppy found alive after being buried under rubble and ash during California wildfires

Rebecca Speare-Cole
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Butte County Sheriff
Butte County Sheriff

A puppy was found alive by emergency services after it was buried under rubble and ash during the California wildlfires.

The state is battling some of the worst wildfires in history, which have killed at least 31 people.

But last week, Butte County Sheriff's Office found the little dog hiding in a destroyed home as they searched a burnt-out area.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook: "As BCSO deputies and members of BCSO Search and Rescue were searching through properties impacted by the fire, they made an unexpected and welcomed discovery on a large property in Berry Creek, this adorable puppy.

Butte County Sheriff's Office found the little dog hiding in a destroyed home as they searched a burnt-out area (Butte County Sheriff)
Butte County Sheriff's Office found the little dog hiding in a destroyed home as they searched a burnt-out area (Butte County Sheriff)

"The puppy had some minor burns and was picked up by Animal Control and taken to Valley Oaks Veterinary Center in Chico to be checked out.

"After doing some investigating, we found out that the owner of the property has several dogs and was not able to locate them all before needing to evacuate. Our deputies decided to give this sweet puppy a name, Trooper."

It comes after firefighters save a calf from an inferno in the area of blueberry bush.

The Douglas Forest Protective Association said on social media: "This has definitely been a hectic week with many stories to tell...some good and others not so good. But this morning, we're focusing on the positive.

Butte County Sheriff's Office found the little dog hiding in a destroyed home as they searched a burnt-out area (Butte County Sheriff)
Butte County Sheriff's Office found the little dog hiding in a destroyed home as they searched a burnt-out area (Butte County Sheriff)

"This picture was taken during the initial attack of the French Creek Fire which burned 495 acres about a mile northwest of Glide.

"While our crews were working on the fire, five cows and this calf were in a bad spot with fire advancing their way. In the chaos of the moment, this little guy got stuck in a patch of blackberries that were on fire!

This has definitely been a hectic week with many stories to tell...some good and others not so good. But this morning,...

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Sunday, 13 September 2020

"Luckily, we had an engine crew in the area that were able to keep the flames back while our firefighters went in and pulled the calf out of harm's way! It was one small victory but we'll take it."

The total damage across several western states is estimated to be around 4.6 million acres.

Fires have been recorded in California, Washington state, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.