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She Helped Dog Find a Home. Dog Just Returned the Favor

Adopted dog alerts everyone to a house fire
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 6, 2020 9:02 AM CDT
Who's a Good Dog? This Tennessee Hero
Stock photo of a Belgian Malinois.   (Getty/Sansargo)

A dog in Tennessee became a hero on the Fourth of July by alerting her owner to a house fire next door, per the AP. Roux, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, woke her owner Jeff LeCates with “frantic and unusual barks" on Saturday night, a Franklin Fire Department press release said. When LeCates opened his door to investigate, Roux burst out and LeCates saw his neighbors' home on fire, officials said. LeCates banged on their door, waking the family of three and their pets, and then used a garden hose on the fire until firefighters arrived. No one in the home was injured.

Franklin Fire Marshal Andy King said video evidence shows the homeowners throwing away fireworks and other combustibles near their trash can. Consumer fireworks are illegal in Franklin. Meanwhile, the woman whose home caught fire has a connection to the dog: She is a dog groomer and the reason why LeCates adopted Roux 15 months ago. She knew LeCates had lost his German Shepard, and Roux is a similar breed. She helped with the adoption, knowing Roux needed a home.

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