Dog saves owner from fire but dies trying to save cat

After a disabled woman's cat started fire to her house near Elkhart Lake, her specially trained dog came to the rescue, then died trying to help the cat still inside the burning house.

Jamie Hanson says the 13-year-old dog named Jesse brought the phone so she could call 911 and also brought her artificial leg. She says the dog got her outside and heard the cat upstairs and went to get the cat but wouldn't come back.

The 49-year-old Hanson commented at a news conference Monday at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center where she was being treated for her injuries.

The Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department says she received third-degree burns to an arm in the fire last night at her home in the town of Rhine south of Elkhart Lake. Both pets died in the fire.

When rescuers arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames. Hanson was in the doorway and was assisted by a deputy.


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