Dog Survives Arson In Detroit Home

pit bullWarning: This story may disturb some readers.

It was a miracle that a pit bull puppy survived a fire in an abandoned home in Detroit, and that is what this little two-month-old puppy has been named — Miracle.

This past Saturday, neighbors said that a group of teenagers took a litter of five puppies into the house and ran out of the house after setting it on fire.

Firefighters were able to save Miracle from the house, but unfortunately her littermates did not make it out of the fire. Miracle was rushed to an animal hospital. Veterinarians said this little puppy had first-, second- and third-degree burns all over her body.

Dr. Karen Fidell, a veterinarian, said, “Right now her chances are somewhat guarded. It’s 50-50 at best. She’s been treated for some very serious burns.”

Authorities are investigating the fire and the abuse.

Donations are being accepted for Miracle’s care and recovery. For more information, call 248-334-6877.

Source: Detroit Free Press

22 Responses to “Dog Survives Arson In Detroit Home”

  1. catmom5 says:

    I hope they catch the teens who did this to this precious little Miracle and her littermates. What blatant cruelty! Stay strong, Miracle. Lots of people are fighting with you and praying for your survival.

  2. JB says:

    That poor, little puppy!! What is with kids these days?!?

  3. NH says:

    Damn parents should have practiced birth control!

  4. DOG LOVER says:


  5. Nancy G. says:


  6. Dolly says:

    Hang in there Precious puppy, I’m praying for you. They need to get out there and find these monsters and put them in jail. These crimes to helpless animals need to be address and taken seriously.

  7. Phoebe says:

    This story is disturbing on many levels. What the arsonists did was beyond evil. What may still happen to Miracle really bothers me, too. They don’t adopt out pit bulls in Detroit (is that true statewide, I wonder?). I’ve been burned to a much lesser extent and, painkilling drugs or no painkilling drugs, it is agony. So is this poor baby being kept alive in agony just to provide evidence against the arsonists in a potential trial? Is she then going to be euthanized like every other pit bull that falls into the hands of Detroit’s Animal Control?

    This sucks all the way around. Miracle needs out of Michigan, period.

  8. KarlaSanDiego says:

    I’m so Tired. So so tired of hearing these stories and our Gov’t isn’t doing anything to stop it. Punishment if any isn’t strong enough to stop little kids and adults from abusing animals. I’m just so disgusted with these type of sickos. We don’t have any use for them. They will abuse again and again. Something needs to be done.

  9. Nora and Rufus says:

    Those teens or whatever they were should rot in Hell. And if anyone tries to defend them, well….enough said. There is no punishment that will be applied by any state laws that will be justice enough. The offenders are disgusting.

  10. shibadiva says:

    I hope the neighbours are able to help police identify these kids, and that they get the maximum penalty. This is pure evil.

  11. Tanya says:

    1) phoebe - it’s not state wide, it’s just Detroit. and the reason for the law is the EXTREME problem Detroit has with dog fighting rings. The trouble in detroit is that Vets, Shelters and other “good samartians” are actually part of the system, saying “we will adopt this poor defenseless creature” and looking all sad about how it’s treated, then directly selling it back into the ring. That’s extremely common in Flordia, Detroit, and other cities. one of teh reasons that shelters euthanize, is they have found (again, this is the larger cities) that more than 50% of their adopted pits are RECOVERED either dead, or in raids, from fighters. the system is endemic in putting animals right back where they were rescued from. And at that point, i agree. i’d rather put it down than have it face a life of fighting again.

    Karla in San Diego “little kids” (maybe 10 and under?) dont’ know any better, are exploring thier world, and need to be taught by parents and society what is right and wrong. they aren’t “bad”.

    Teens, however, KNOW right and wrong. and i don’t want to even imagine what is in teh head of someone willing to burn animals alive.

  12. Vivian says:

    I’m so disgusted by this. It left me in tears. First of all, if it were up to me these teenagers/devils would get the death penalty. Our legal system needs to treat animal cruelty as it does human cruelty. After all, what’s the difference? People and animals deserve the same right to not be abused and tortured. I hope they pay for this.

  13. catmom5 says:

    Sorry to disagree that 10 year olds don’t know right from wrong and need to be taught. I taught 10 year olds for years and they know. Even if their parents don’t teach them, they spend time with others who attempt to. Those kids knew that what they did was wrong! AND they did it anyway. BTW, where did they get the litter of pups from? Certainly someone had to miss a whole litter.
    Detroit is in a sorry state as far as animals are concerned. The Michigan Humane Society is trying very hard to not euthanize adoptable animals. They are the ones who should get custody of this pup if she survives. She would have a way better chance of making it to a good, forever home.
    This whole thing just makes me sick to my stomach.

  14. Tanya says:

    Sorry to disagree that 10 year olds don’t know right from wrong and need to be taught. I
    That’s why teh (?) in my post. i don’t work with kids, i just know that the poster who said “little kids” bugged me in that - kids are not born knowing right and wrong. ethics and morality are learned behaviors. even to the point of cruelty and what is or is not allowed for cruelty. Like explaining why the setting of an arm is an “allowed” cruelty, but just breaking the arm isn’t.

    I didn’t knwo a good “cutting line”, other than we learned that at 6, children’s brains are not capible of grasping that subtality.
    and yeah, large urban centers are often a mess with regards to dog fighting.

    my first question on this story was “any fighting dogs around?”

    Just as morality is taught, so is the love of violence, i suspect.

  15. Lynn says:

    Kids learn right from wrong at a very early age. While many studies show that kids “get it” by age 7, I think it’s much earlier. Ever watch a younger kid’s eyes when mama’s in the room and the kid is about to do something he shouldn’t?

    In all cases, regardless of the kid’s age, I blame both the parents and the kid. Few exceptions exist.

    That poor, poor animal.

    I say start trying kids as adults and MAKE THE DAMNED PARENTS RESPONSIBLE TO THE POINT WHERE THEY GO TO JAIL, TOO! Once parents stop getting a free ride they’ll start parenting.

  16. Furbabies says:

    Once more, we have urban thugs showing their complete disdain for civilized behavior. They don’t give a damn about anything, just themselves. I would love to see someone beat the crap out of these bastards! Whose their hero? You got it, Michael Vick, the biggest bastard thug of all.

  17. Phoebe says:

    Tanya, I know about Detroit’s problem with dog fighting, but I’m glad to hear that the ban isn’t statewide. Thanks for that information. :-) It gives me more hope for Miracle’s future if she can be safe by being transported outside of Detroit rather than having to make it all the way out-of-state, first.

  18. Jenny Bark says:

    I agree with all of you that say the kids should face charges & know at a very young age the difference between right & wrong.

    Lynn says ” I say start trying kids as adults and MAKE THE DAMNED PARENTS RESPONSIBLE TO THE POINT WHERE THEY GO TO JAIL, TOO! Once parents stop getting a free ride they’ll start parenting.”

    Boy do I agree with that, the parents should go to jail too & also pay for any & all damages & costs. Imo it is the parents & other people that think it’s ok for kids to get away with anything because after all they are just kids. This kind of thinging has to stop because it is making ugly sicko monsters instead of a beautiful kid that should be a gift to the whole world. Very, very young kids know the difference between right & wrong & it is people letting them get away with this so they can do it over & over again because they can. It gets easier each time. It is way past time for people to be adults & parent or go to jail too, the kids imo would be better in foster care.

    I feel really bad for this puppy & the ones who suffered while they waited to die. Very sick & bad kids.

  19. The Lioness says:

    So glad I’m not having kids. If any kid of mine ever did something like this–they DO develop free will, you know, eventually–I’d kill it.

    I hope the perps are caught and punished to the fullest extent. I also hope that, if they are minors, the parents are punished.

    ~The Lioness

  20. Gina says:

    Sorry, but a 10 yr old knows setting a living creature on fire is wrong. A 3 yr old doesn’t know squeezing a kitten can kill it, but a 10 yr old knows. Stop making excuses. Kids kill nowadays, read the news.

    Setting any living creature on fire deserves punishment. I pray they are found and sentanced to a few years in juvie.

    A pit is a dog like any other. Little Miracle wasn’t BORN vicious, no need to euthanize her. I hope someone adopts her!

  21. amber says:

    if we fine them we should push them in the fire and she how they feel miracle they are lucky that i am not a cop becuse they would be dead

  22. Cecilia says:

    This reminds me of the concentration camps and what Hitler did to human beings that did not happen to have been born in the right country or have the right eye color to deserve life. What were they bored with themselves? I hope and pray that the persons responsible are found and prosecuted to the fullest extent.

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