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SANTA CLARA DOG SHOW FIRE
It is a dog show disaster of the worst kind. When a
handler’s rig catches on fire, beloved show dogs can be lost within
minutes. It also turns ordinary people into heroes.
February 21, 2011 7:02
reprinted with permission from the author
Gustavo Molinari handed his exhibit off to someone ringside and ran to
the scene at full speed. That exhibit was never shown. He suffered
significant burns on his hands from pulling crates out of the truck and
fighting the fire with the extinguisher he had on board.
A parking attendant also suffered burns on his hands from pulling crates
out of the truck to get dogs to safety. EVERY SINGLE DOG was saved from
the fire, and was pulled from the truck. However it is with great
sadness, Gustavo reports that one dog had to be put down after the fact.
At the time the fire broke out - Gustavo's assistant was at the truck –
at no time, as is his habit, were dogs left unattended at his setup. I
can tell you, Gustavo keeps impeccable care of the dogs in his charge,
and the safety and happiness of those dogs are his first priority – over
anything and everything. I can also tell you that Gustavo is absolutely
devastated by this incident, and the tremendous sadness in his voice is
palpable. He asks you each to kindly bear with him as he regroups - and
for the time being his facebook page has been shut down to allow him a
breath to recover from this horrible incident.
This was a new rig for him - and the fire, according to the fire
department's investigation was an electrical fire that started in the
engine and worked its way back to engulf the truck.
The picture no one has - was the scene after all was said and done
-roughly thirty fire extinguishers around the truck. EVERYONE dropped
what they were doing and helped. It is my editorial opinion that the
heroism started with Gustavo and that parking attendant and extends to
every single individual who set their own priorities aside to assist.
Dog people are AMAZING. I can tell you without equivocation that I would
place a dog in Gustavo's care tomorrow with complete trust and
confidence in him. I know those of you who love and respect him would do
If you see him, please tell him how much you support him and care about
what happened to him. I think it would mean the world to him as so much
conversation has occurred - errant conversation - that is far from the
facts of the situation. There have been horrible tragic incidents like
this over the years with dog people - and Gustavo and those who helped
should be commended for doing absolutely everything to save every dog.
The outcome could have been much different in another set of
circumstances. This is a factual account of what has occurred and the
truth needs to offset the misinformation that is out there. I think it
is safe to say this is anyone's worst nightmare - please be
compassionate - it could have been you. Please keep Gustavo and those
with dogs attached to this event in your thoughts and prayers. One is
watching from heaven and at peace, all the rest are fine and safe
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