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San Diego dog honored as hero for alerting owner to fire

April 21, 2009 |  4:15 pm

Cabrillo the Portuguese water dog A 2-year-old Portuguese water dog named Cabrillo was honored today by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department for alerting his owner to a fire at 3:15 a.m. on April 2.

Cabrillo, sensing danger, started barking incessantly. When his owner got out of bed he saw that his neighbor's house was on fire. The owner immediately called 911 and firefighters were able to put out the fire quickly.

For his heroism, Cabrillo was named an honorary Fire Dog and given a box of treats. 

The award was made by Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Earle and the crew that responded to the call.

--Tony Perry, San Diego

Photo: San Diego Fire-Rescue Department

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