Dog severely burned in house fire adopted... by firefighter

Lexi Ann was on the brink of death after a "horrible" house fire in January.
Publish date:

Though this story couldn't have gotten off to a more tragic start, it's got an ending that's undeniably happy — if just a touch ironic.

In January, a dog named Lexi Ann was brought to Ruff Start — a dog rescue group in Princeton, Minnesota — with severe burns all over body, having survived a "horrible" house fire. Her condition was so bad, her owners had left her at a vet to be euthanized, according to this Facebook post. 

Indeed, the fire and its consequences were devastating: Ruff Start says it killed a number of the family's pets, including Lexi Ann's own puppies. She was only able to escape because her plastic kennel "literally melted around and onto her," allowing her to break free.

Her wounds were grievous. They included "dozens of horrible burns on her feet, sides, nipples, and face." Additionally, Ruff Start says, "some of the burns (were) down to the muscle."

But she managed to cling to life, and gradually recovered with the help of a foster family and a "very strong will to live."

And now, she's found a forever home — with a firefighter and his family:

The firefighter, who Ruff Start identifies as "Travis," apparently caught wind of Lexi Ann's story on Instagram and "instantly fell in love."

There was just one problem: he lives in Indiana, and Ruff Start doesn't typically do out-of-state adoptions. But as you can probably guess, they made an exception, and on Saturday, Travis and his family "brought their RV 11 hours to meet Lexi Ann" and bring her home.

And the story doesn't end there: Ruff Start says Travis plans to bring Lexi to a camp for burn victims in Indiana to "help (them) with their own healing."

According to the American Human Society, more than 500,000 pets are affected by house fires every year. The organization recommends including them in your family emergency plan, and practicing taking them with you.

They also recommend putting a decal in your home's front window indicating the number and type of pets you have, as doing so can "cut down on the time responders spend searching your home in the case of a fire."

Next Up

Starlink satellites

Strange lights in Minnesota sky Friday night were SpaceX satellites

SpaceX is planning to launch 60 more Starlink satellites on Sunday, May 9.

Jorge Polanco

Shoemaker, Twins lineup rebounds against Tigers

Jorge Polanco homered in a 7-3 victory over Detroit.

Kirill Kaprizov / Minnesota Wild

Watch: Kaprizov's OT winner lifts Wild into 2nd place in West

Kaprizov's goal gave the Wild a 3-2 victory over the Ducks.

Byron Buxton

Buxton placed on IL, Trevor Larnach called up

Buxton could be out "for weeks" with a hip strain.

A bald eagle perched on branches.

USFWS confirms 2 bald eagles were shot dead

The agency is offering a reward for information in the case.

A newborn baby, wrapped in a blanket with its mother.

Most popular baby names includes one not in top 10 for 100 years

But Olivia and Liam once again led the way for girls and boys.

Minnesota Lottery

Names of big Minnesota Lottery winners to be kept private thanks to new law

The Minnesota Legislature passed the bill unanimously and Gov. Tim Walz signed it into law this week.

FLickr - COVID-19 vaccination - Commander, U.S. Naval Forces

All 8 state COVID-19 vaccine sites now accept walk-ins

Adults can get a no-cost vaccine without making an appointment.


Report: Vikings owners nearing purchase of Orlando City MLS franchise

The Wilfs reportedly attempted to buy the Minnesota United expansion franchise years ago.

bemidji paul bunyan

Video shows the moment someone broke the Paul Bunyan statue's arm

Police are asking for the public's help to identify those involved.


Puppy rescue in Plymouth.

Plymouth firefighters save puppy who got himself trapped in a ceiling

"Big or small, those in need can count on the Plymouth Fire Department for help."

Frazee Fire Department

Man severely burned, 2 dogs die in west-central MN fire

The fire was reported just after 8:20 p.m. Monday.

Fire destroys home and studio of Prince backing musician Morris Hayes.

Fire destroys home of longtime Prince collaborator Morris Hayes

The blaze leveled the musician's Arkansas house, and his home studio.

Internet chipping in to help homeless man who risked it all for his dog

Jay Mitchell is in the hospital for severe frostbite, a month after his wife's death.

Should the Labrador retriever be Minnesota's state dog?

A campaign has been launched, and bills submitted in the Legislature.


Two St. Paul firefighters hurt battling morning house fire

Firefighters were on the scene for about four hours.