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Dog remains at shelter after fire

Posted: April 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Shelter manager Karen Stepp spends a moment with a 2-year-old boxer mix at the Castaic Animal Shelter on Monday. The dog was rescued from a recent fire in Agua Dulce.


This boxer is a fighter — perhaps the toughest little fighter to emerge from Sunday’s brush fire in Agua Dulce.

He doesn’t have a dog tag by which to identify him, so today he’s at the Castaic Animal Shelter after California Highway Patrol officers rescued him from the fire area.

“He’s a beautiful dog,” shelter manager Karen Stepp said Monday of the 2-year-old mixed breed boxer. “He’s a sweetheart, very friendly. He has no (dog) tags, just an old faded nylon collar.

“He’s very healthy, got a lot of weight on him,” she said. “He’s a boxer mix but he’s probably pretty close to a pure-bred boxer.”

Stepp and others at the shelter are hoping the dog’s owner comes forward to claim him.

If, however, by April 13 no one claims the dog, he goes up for adoption.

“He barks at all the other dogs,” Stepp said. “But with people, he’s really friendly.”

The brush fire on the right shoulder of Highway 14 near Canyon Road broke out shortly after 12:45 p.m. Sunday and spread to eight acres before firefighters doused it.

Emerging from the smoky ordeal was the boxer with the faded nylon collar.

No one was hurt in the fire, and no buildings were affected.


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