In Stockton, California, a devoted Pit Bull saved a baby and her guardian when their house caught fire in the middle of the night. The dog, eight-month-old Sasha, did everything to warn her guardian, Latana Chai, when she noticed the approaching danger – and, fortunately, she succeeded and allowed her human family to escape from the house in time. To save the youngest member of the family, the heroic dog did something even more incredible – she tried to get the baby out of the bed and into safety herself.
The story played out on June 10th, when Chai heard Sasha throw herself against the backyard door and bark in agitation, KCRA reports. The dog would not stop until her guardian came outside. When Chai did go to check on her, Sasha rushed inside the house, leaving the woman to discover that her house, as well as the neighbor’s house, was on fire.
“As soon as I got to the door, she runs in (and) starts barking, and I’m like, ‘What the heck is wrong with you? Like, you don’t do this,” Chai said about the night. “I looked up and there’s black smoke coming from my neighbor’s house. You can see the flames coming out.”
Chai ran back inside and discovered Sasha holding her seven-month-old baby, Masailah, by the diaper, trying to carry her off the bed to bring her to safety.
“I ran into the room and I see Sasha. She has my baby by the diaper just dragging her off the bed — trying to get her to safety,” Chai continued. “I grab my baby. I grab Sasha. And, I grabbed my phone and I called 911.”
The firefighters were soon on site and were able to extinguish the flames. Unfortunately, Chai’s house as well as her neighbor’s, both part of a fourplex on East Yorkshire Drive, were condemned as a result of the fire. All four units in the complex were left with no electricity. The cause of the incident is under investigation.
One thing is for sure – if it had not been for Sasha, this story could have had a very different ending, and Chai fully credits her dog with saving both her and her baby.
“(Sasha) saved everybody,” she said. “Because if it wasn’t for her, I don’t think that any of us in this complex would have known anything … If she wasn’t barking or really going at the door like that, I probably wouldn’t have known nothing.”
A GoFundMe fundraiser was launched to help the family find a new place to live and to replace clothes and food that were destroyed in the fire.
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