A heroic dog is being treated for severe burns after rescuing four people from a major hospice fire.
Matilda raised the alarm after the fire at the Vasilek shelter in Saint Petersburg, Russia, rushed into the building to attract the attention of residents.
Unfortunately, she passed out from breathing carbon monoxide and was left in the building with terrible burns.
Matilda was not rescued until later and sustained serious injuries.
Volunteers Elena Kalinina and Alexander Tsinkevich managed to get the badly injured animal out of the burnt-out hospice.
The pregnant dog “cried and trembled in pain, but endured everything heroically,” according to a local news report.
Now animal activists at the Vasilek shelter in St. Petersburg are doing their best to help Matilda recover from the deep, and clearly very painful, burns.
A statement from the shelter said, “Matilda’s face, neck and abdomen were badly burned.”
“She was checked by a fertility specialist who looked at her for a long time and carefully studied the puppies.
“They are all alive and developing well.
“Now it is impossible to understand how many babies she is carrying, since she is a large dog.”
But Matilda – known as Motya – will not be able to feed her puppies because her nipples are badly burned.
After the fire, the hospice owner told reporters they feared they would no longer be able to care for Matilda due to the severity of her injuries.
Earlier this week, footage emerged of a police officer releasing his dog to tackle a suspected car thief on the ground.
The chase began after officers from the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in Florida, USA, received information about the suspect.
Bodycam footage released by police captures Deputy Carmack, a K-9 officer who controls the scene before chasing the trained animal, Shep, after the suspect.