Dog Tries To Save Owner In Burning House


The loyalty that animals have to their owners is simply amazing.

Queena, a Labrador/pit bull mix, ended up with burns all over her body as she tried to save her owner in a burning house in El Paso, Texas.

83-year-old Alfonso Saldivar was trapped inside the house, and firefighters said that Queena was trying to get inside to rescue Saldivar.

The six-year-old dog was attempting to bite the doors to get inside. Unfortunately, Saldivar perished in the fire.

The veterinarian said, “[Queena] had tar on her feet that burned her feet, tar had dripped on her face that had dripped off the roof. She has third degree burns in her mouth, on her face and on her footpads, and second degree burns on her nose, and around her face and on her ears.”

Queena has been quietly recovering from her injuries, but the vet thinks the loss of her owner has made Queena depressed.

Saldivar’s family said that Saldivar and Queena were inseparable and the best of friends. She had her own couch that was right next to Saldivar’s bed.

From the Heart Animal Rescue group is taking care of Queena’s medical bills and has offered to care for her when she is released from the animal hospital.

Source: KVIA

10 Responses to “Dog Tries To Save Owner In Burning House”

  1. Carol says:

    Thank God Queena already has an angel to take care of her. I am so saddened by the fires and am hearing that they maybe were set. How horrible could anybody be to do this. Her poor whiskers are gone and she looks so sad. You can see the pain. There are probably so many stories like this.

  2. Judy says:

    Oh that is so sad, poor little girl I hope someone gives this dog a good home and she recovers fully.

  3. Nora and Rufus says:

    Queena is greiving and will mourn the loss of her beloved Saldivar. She may have even heard his cries of help. How traumatic it must of been for her. She will be one devoted dog once she gets over the loss of her best friend and another person is able to earn her trust and devotional love. Poor, poor Queena. Her eyes are so sad.

  4. Robert Davis says:

    Very sad story - but a good, positive story of how dogs (in particular a pit bull mix) will love and care for us regardless of how they are impacted.

    My prayers are with Queena and the family who lost Saldivar.

    Kind Regards,

    Robert Davis

  5. Nancy G. says:

    Bless her heart. I hope some kindly elder gentleman takes her in. Poor girl.

  6. The Lioness says:

    What a special dog. I hope she finds a wonderful forever home! :(

  7. Lynn says:

    Such a loyal and devoted girl. Beautiful, soulful eyes. My heartfelt wishes that she finds a loving soul to comfort her and love her forever.

  8. Gladiz says:

    What an amazing dog. She an angel. I hope she recovers soon and finds another sweet owner like Salavador.

  9. Brandy G says:

    This is Brandy at From the Heart Rescue, we are the ones taking care of Queena. She is recovering from her burns and will make a 100% recovery, although will always carry the scars of her ordeal. We thank you for your kind words and thoughts for this girl.

    Someone asked why the family was not taking care of the dog — they lost evrything in the fire. They have no home and no finances to pay the nearly $1000 in vet and medical supply charges to care for Queena. We stepped forward as emergency responders for the Red Cross to take care of the dog. Once recovered, she will be returned to the family once they have been resettled.

    Queena is terribly depressed and feels the loss of her owner. We are supplying her with lots of love in her foster home and over time, her heart will heal. The burns are healing, but will require daily bandage changes for up to six weeks. That, along with the medication, is expensive and time consuming, but Queena well is worth it! She is a sweetheart who gives pit bulls a GOOD name….loyal and loving. She currently is curled up with a 2-1/2 lb chihuahua at my feet.

    I have attached a few more images of Queena (I hope they come through) …

    If you have any questions about Queena and her progress, please feel free to holler.

    Brandy G, From The Heart Rescue, El Paso, Texas

  10. Nora and Rufus says:

    Bless all your hearts Brandy at From the Heart Rescue. if I (and my Aussie, Rufus of course) ever move to Austin to live again (my biggest wish) I will contact you with the intentions of fostering for your organization. My very best long time friend who lives in Round Rock, has fostered for the Austin German Shepherd rescue for several years now. The pictures of Queena did not come through, but I am so glad you took the time to leave a message for us on Itchmo about dear Queena.

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