Woman finds dog alive after blaze
A Boston woman who thought her beloved dachshund was gone forever after a fire destroyed her apartment a month ago has found the pet living in the wreckage of her burned-out home.
Terisa Acevedo moved in with relatives after the fire on February 23, but returned to the apartment on Monday when her landlord asked her to turn off the alarm on a vehicle in the driveway.
The 24-year-old heard scratching from inside, and after pulling away the plywood covering the door found the year-old pup alive and well.
She said Lola - who was a little skinnier than she remembered - jumped into her arms and set off a flood of tears.
Veterinarians at Boston's Angell Animal Medical Centre said the dog somehow found food and water in the home and is expected to recover fully.
Lola was diagnosed with "refeeding syndrome", a condition that requires a careful reintroduction of food to prevent life-threatening complications in malnourished patients.
Veterinarians gave Lola her first meal on Wednesday and the dog is now being fed 16 grams of wet food every six hours, officials said.