After fire destroyed their house, couple forced to euthanize beloved dog

The couple's daughter has launched a fundraiser for her parents.
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A couple who lost their home in a January fire were dealt with further devastation when they had to euthanize their beloved dog.

Robin and Thomas Bardsley were able to escape the fire in Cottage Grove on Jan. 13, but saw their home, and all their possessions and mementos, go up in smoke.

But the pair were dealt another blow the following day. When they escaped their home they were able to do so with their dog, Addison, however the dog's ongoing health problems meant they were forced to euthanize her.

As the couple's daughter, April, explains in a GoFundMe post: "Addison has a lot of health problems and my Mom has been carefully doting on her, trying to keep her comfortable and prolong her life.

"Since Addison couldn't stay in the hotel alone, and my Mom cannot provide her the same level of care in the hotel, they had to make the difficult decision to put her down, the day after a fire claimed their home."

As April explains, her parents have had their share of tribulations over the past year, with their basement having flooded, while a "storm caused a giant tree to fall on their garage."

"They only just finished remodeling to fix that damage and now their entire home and everything they've ever owned is gone," she writes. "I just want them to see that there is a sliver of hope left."

The GoFundMe has so far raised just over $5,000, which April says will be used to buy her mother a car (since hers melted), with any additional donations being used to help cover the costs of their temporary accommodation as they wait to find a permanent housing solution.

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