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Dog saves Ohio homeowners from house fire

Dog Saves Ohio Homeowners from House Fire

A husband and wife survived a fire thanks to their heroic dog.

John Abney and his wife rescued 3-year-old Malaki from the SPCA three years ago, and on Thursday night, when their lives were on the line, the boxer-lab mix repaid the favor.

'He's been about the best dog I could have ever asked for. He's been really loyal, he's always watched out for me and my wife, especially last night. He's my guardian angel,' John said.

The Abneys were sound asleep as flames engulfed their home, and they only made it out because Malaki sounded the alarm. 'Normally he'll sleep through the night quiet and sound, and last night there was something definitely wrong, and he made sure we knew that.'

Malaki was crying and barking, so John got up and opened his bedroom door. 'I looked around the corner and my living room was just a giant circle of fire.'

John and his wife managed to dash to safety, but John ran back in to try and find his two puppies.

Malaki tried to run back inside with him, but John pulled him out before he could run back into the inferno.

'I owe him everything,' John said. 'As long as I've got my wife and I've got Malaki here, I'm sure everything will be fine,' John said while looking at the charred remains of his house.

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fgreeneyes17 March 18 2014 at 9:50 AM

Awww Great story..Did the puppies really die? :(

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itsmench March 18 2014 at 1:57 PM


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Ashley March 18 2014 at 10:19 AM

Dog's are man's best friend.............

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hipcat442 March 18 2014 at 10:19 AM

Animals really are Mans best friend ! Gotta love it and them !

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jmac92454 March 18 2014 at 2:06 PM

Sadly, the news reporter does state near the end of the segment that "The two puppies did not make it out of the fire." Glad Malaki saved the humans and the other dog. Great job, Malaki!

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WGJ CONSTRUCTION March 18 2014 at 10:17 AM

God is so good!!! and God Bless that Dog Malaki.

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Kathy March 18 2014 at 2:29 PM

They(pets)are our best friends and they are the family...Kudos to Malaki.

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cathy0122 March 18 2014 at 10:17 AM

Sadly the puppies did not make it out. But what an awesome dog! There are so many great dogs and smart as a whip waiting to be adopted. I have had both spca and store bought. Spca wins by a long shot!!

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baggie2 March 18 2014 at 10:15 AM

Just read the local newspaper article. Two adult dogs survived, but John was unable to save two puppies.

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southernside7 March 18 2014 at 10:22 AM

what a beautiful story!god bless ''Malaki'',I hope the ''puppies''were'' OK? Im glad John and his wife-were Saved,and of course,-Malaki the ''Hero Dog''God Bless that Dog!!

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vafilec_39 southernside7 March 18 2014 at 11:07 AM

southernside.......the puppies did not survive, you have to read the story.

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