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    Posted January 8, 2013 by
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    Community rescues Boxer burnt in warehouse fire


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     AnmlAdvocate is part of an informal network of animal rescue volunteers in Houston who have been raising money and looking after the dog, who sustained burns on 25 percent of his body in a warehouse fire.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    Rocky, a homeless Boxer, who is estimated to be approximately 18 months of age, was burned in a three-alarm warehouse fire that occurred on January 4, 2013 in Houston, TX.


    On the day of the fire, a person who was in the area watching the fire department try and put out the three-alarm fire, was aware that there were animals in the warehouse, and she said she told them about Rocky.  The area is one where animals are frequently dumped and abandoned.  Locals will sometimes feed them and try to help in the ways they can.


    Unfortunately, no huge effort was made to go after Rocky when he ran out of the warehouse. He was left wandering in the area until a local man, who was basically homeless himself, took him in the day after the fire. The only thing he could offer was a blanket, food, and compassion.


    The same person who tried to alert the fire department contacted another person, Lucy Moreno, a local community animal advocate, to alert her to what was going on. She was also concerned about two other dogs that were on the property.  Ms. Moreno in turn reached out for help and some community members went out to the burnt property to see if they could help these animals.


    That's how Rocky was eventually found--the man who initially helped him, came out of the building, begging for help for him.


    What we thought might be a "mercy" euthanasia, to help a suffering animal, ended up being anythng but, Rocky had other plans in mind. He had made it past round one and was now in round two, he needed a team to help him win his fight.


    Rocky went to clinic to be evaluated, after being stabilized, he was then transferred over to Aldine Animal Clinic for more care, which is where he is currently receiving treatment.


    We are just a bunch of individuals, who initially began funding this out of our pockets, concerned community members who are trying to do something about the huge homeless animal situation in Houston--Rocky is a member of that population.  If a homeless guy can give him a blanket, who are we to walk away?


    Rocky's recovery is no quick-fix, we will need community support to continue to make it happen.


    In effort to help us help Rocky, a local reporter, Vicente Arenas of KHOU, stepped up to bring attention to effort of rescuing Rocky, Rescuing Rocky , and a Facebook page has been established for Rocky, Help Rocky Rise, so that his supporters can follow his journey.


    Rocky has already undergone one surgical procedure to begin healing. If you would like to know more about his journey, please visit his Facebook page. Share this story with others, so that people can see that it is up to the individual to get involved and make a change for the better in their community.


    If you sit and wait, nothing will continue to happen.  Rocky is proof that it only takes one person caring to be a catalyst for positive change.

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