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Firefighters find dog left alone in evacuated area

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - An amazing discovery from the front lines -- firefighters protecting homes in the wildfire find a dog that was left behind. 

The German shepherd was found hiding and scared in the evacuated area in the Cocos Fire in Escondido at Bresa De Loma and Wilgen Road by Santa Maria and Santa Barbara firefighters. He is now safe at County Animal Services, which jumped into action after seeing our Kelly Hessedal's tweet about the dog.

A veterinarian says the dog might have suffered minor smoke inhalation, but he's in good shape. He doesn't have a microchip, so it's unclear who the owner is.

"I think he has done a lot better than some of the other animals," the vet said.

Animal Services also got a call about a stranded cat.

"That cat is severely injured on his feet, probably from running through the fire or running through the hot ash. We are going to do what we can to save this cat's life. We don't know if we will be able to save it, but it deserves a chance," Daniel DeSousa said.

DeSousa says Animal Services investigators have been working hard, patrolling evacuated neighborhoods to make sure pets who were left behind are safe.

"We had a lady come in yesterday morning in tears saying that if we hadn't rescued her dog he would died because her house burned down," DeSousa said.

Some of the footage used in Abbie's video report was shot using a GoPro camera.


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