Good Samaritan Helps Rescue Dozen Dogs From California Wildfires

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When Jeff Hill returned to his neighborhood in Paradise, California, after evacuating during the Camp fire, he came across a wayward horse — in a backyard swimming pool. The horse appeared to have jumped in to escape the flames, and was caught in the pool cover.

He had been checking on a neighbor’s house to see if it was still standing when he discovered the horse, Hill wrote in a Facebook post.

But while on their way, locals asked him to assist with evacuating other animals rescued from the fire. Being an animal lover he couldn’t say no and in one trip he picked up over a dozen dogs.

In the video he shot he approaches a volunteer carrying some food with a pack of dogs following after her. He asks the dogs “are you ready to go” and they certainly look like they are ready!

“They all came out with a big puppy smile, happy to see us and wagging their tails,” Sauvageau later told KGW News.

Sauvaugeau had planned to leave on Sunday but stuck around a few more days to help more animals get to safety.

“I was tipped off by my friend Shaun who is working with PG&E (electrical company in the U.S.) in the area — he is my eyes up there and tells me whenever he or his crew sees animals needing rescuing,” he told the DailyMail UK.

Video he shot of a pack of dogs following rescuers onto the street has since gone viral.

 

In all, he helped rescue 17 dogs, 12 cats, 6 goats and a “donkey named Waffles” Sauvageau said in the video.

Many of the animal rescue agencies have been flooded with animals to care for since the fires broke out. Allison Cardona, a deputy director of operations for Los Angeles County Animal Care & Control, told KGW News that they are caring for about 700 animals, 550 of which are horses.

 

He had been checking on a neighbor’s house to see if it was still standing when he discovered the horse, Hill wrote in a Facebook post.

“We scrambled to unhook the pool cover and pulled her to the shallow end where we guided her up the steps.” The horse got out, shook off, and “loved on us for a few minutes as a thank you, and walked off,” he wrote.

Hill called for help, and waited with the horse until resources could escort the horse out from the fire zone.

Sauvageau is just one of many Good Samaritans lending a hand. He said seeing so many in need of help made him want to act.

“I love animals, but more I hate the feeling of hopelessness and helplessness. It’s the worst feeling,” he said. “Those people down there feel helpless and I want to help pull out as many (animals to safety) as I can.”

Here is more footage from Sauvageau of the animals he helped rescue.