Macomb County Animal Control Chief Jeff Randazzo says the only pet to survive a Clinton Township condominium fire Wednesday night is being treated for smoke inhalation and is recovering from his ordeal.
“He’s doing a lot better than I really expected,” Randazzo said.
The caramel-coloured pit bull mix pup, believed to be between 14 and 16 weeks old, was rescued from a fire at the Farmbrooke Manor complex near 16 Mile Road and Groesbeck Highway on March 23. Seven of her siblings, the two dogs that raised the litter and the family cat perished as a result of the fire.
“The firefighters and the police were amazing,” Randazzo said. “They were trying to revive the dogs and everything. It’s heartbreaking that the other animals lost their lives.
The family who lived in the condo were not home at the time of the fire and no humans were injured in the incident.
The only surviving pup was rushed to Advanced Animal Emergency in Clinton Township for treatment late Wednesday night and Randazzo waited for updates from the vet.
“These bills are expensive and I have to be realistic about how much it’s going to cost, but I felt we had to try and save him and see what we can do for him,” Randazzo said. “I was waiting for an update from the vet and thinking about what we should call her when she called and said she had an update on Phoenix. It was the perfect name for him!
Phoenix is an immortal mythological bird that, according to folklore, rises from its own ashes after being burned.
Phoenix is currently in an oxygen tent – although he is slowly being weaned off it and being monitored for any side effects from smoke inhalation. Veterinarians discovered that Phoenix also had parvovirus, which can be fatal if left untreated.
“So far he’s been fine,” Randazzo said. “He’s a little survivor. We already have a foster home planned and we are trying to stabilize him enough so that he can leave us and go to his foster home.
Macomb County Animal Control launched a campaign to raise money for Phoenix Care, which raised $1,380 in donations Friday afternoon. To donate, visit @MacombCountyAnimalControl on Facebook or visit https://macomb-county-animal-welfare-fund.square.site/