Family pet rescued from burning Henrico home

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – A fluffy black cat was at the center of a fire rescue Friday afternoon, at the Courthouse Green condos on Hungary Spring Road.

No one was home but the lucky cat survived, thanks to firefighters and a complete stranger driving by.

"One we found initially was brought out still breathing, kind of choking and gagging," said Capt. Mark Rowland of Henrico Fire Department.

Henrico firefighters were doing everything they could but what the cat needed was a vet's care and good Samaritan and cat lover, Tina Callas recognized it right away and demanded she take the cat to her vet.

"The tongue was hanging out; it was really bad. He was pretty much gone," said Callas.

'Blacky' as we later learned is an overweight male cat who was one of three pets in the home. "Pepper" the dog survived, but another cat didn't. Veterinarian, Dr. Sarah Greenwalt credits Callas for her quick action to take the cat.

"He wouldn't have made it a few hours. He was that close. He was not getting enough oxygen. He was real close to dying," said Greenwalt.

The staff at Locke A Taylor Vet office bathed 'Blacky' and put him in an oxygen cage until his owners came.

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