October 16, 2008
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Angela Speed
Direct: (414) 431-6104
Honey Bear Miraculously Survives Fire Due to Heroic Efforts of Local Firefighter
MILWAUKEE – When Honey Bear was brought to the Wisconsin Humane Society yesterday afternoon, we weren’t sure she’d survive the night.
The six-month-old Shepherd mix puppy had been trapped in a Milwaukee house fire, unable to escape the basement, which was quickly filling with smoke. Firefighter Scott Rightmyre with Engine 24 made his way into the basement and spotted the dog hiding under the bed. He bravely pulled her out and brought her to safety. Badly suffering from smoke inhalation, she was surrendered to WHS yesterday afternoon.
Honey Bear was in really bad shape when she arrived. Her eyes burned painfully and she was constantly wheezing and coughing. Amazingly, Honey Bear was still responsive to petting and sweetly leaned against staff members checking in on her. She seemed to relax knowing that she would be treated with the utmost kindness.
Honey Bear was given medicine to alleviate the pain and Dr. Marla Lichtenberger administered a thorough examination. The doctor was relieved to discover that Honey Bear’s lungs seem to have no permanent damage or burns. Honey Bear’s eyes were thoroughly cleaned, as well as her coat, and she’s now under close observation as she recovers from her ordeal.
Thanks to the brave efforts of one local firefighter, Honey Bear’s future now looks promising and in just a couple of weeks, she will be ready to be adopted.
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Photo/Interview Opportunity: Honey Bear will be available for photos and filming at the Wisconsin Humane Society on Thursday, October 16 from 1:45 p.m. until 3 p.m., and Dr. Marla Lichtenberger will be available for interviews. Firefighter Scott Righmyre is also able to talk to the media. To schedule an appointment, please call Angela Speed at 414-431-6104 or 414-202-5539 (cell).