Hero dog resuces four patients from hospice fire
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A hero dog is recovering from severe burns after raising the alarm on an horrific fire which saved four terminally ill people in a hospice.
The animal barked to alert her female owner about the inferno, running into the burning building in Russia's Leningrad region.
The dog passed out from carbon monoxide, and suffered appalling burns.
All four residents of the private hospice were safely pulled from the blaze after the fire service was called.
But mongrel Matilda was only saved later, and had suffered grievous injuries.
Volunteers Elena Kalinina and Alexander Tsinkevich rescued the animal.
The pregnant dog "cries and trembles in pain, but heroically endures everything", said a report.
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Now animal campaigners at Vasilek shelter in St Petersburg are fighting so save the dog with the savage burns.
"Matilda's face, neck and abdomen were severely burned," said the shelter in a statement.
"She was checked by a fertility specialist who looked at her for a very long time and carefully studied the puppies.
"They are all alive and developing well.
"Now it is impossible to understand the number of babies she is carrying, since she is a big dog."
But Matilda - known as Motya - will not be able to feed her puppies since her nipples are badly burned.
After the fire, the hospice owner is not able to take care of the dog due to injury, say reports.
Originally published as Hero dog resuces four patients from fire