Dog sacrifices its life to save baby in fire

Dog shielded girl during fire
Posted at 9:58 AM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-22 10:58:29-04

A family dog is being credited with helping to save the life of an 8-month-old infant during a fire at a Baltimore home.

According to NBC affiliate WBAL-TV, Erika Poremski said she had quickly stepped out to her car when she turned around to find the house in flames and her daughter, Viviana, inside.

"I just heard her crying and I couldn't get to her," Poremski said. "I tried really hard, everyone in the neighborhood tried. They were kicking the doors in and kicking the windows out. I couldn't get her out. Nobody could."

Firefighters said when the entered the home to rescue Viviana, they found Poremski's dog, Polo, in the room with her, and he was covering her with his body.

"She only had burns on her side because of it," Poremski said. "He stayed with her the whole time in the bedroom and wouldn't even come downstairs to get out the door."

Unfortunately, Polo died in the fire. The infant is listed in serious condition.