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By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, June 20th, 2007 at 6:45 am in Pets in Danger.

Man dies from burns he got while saving dog
A friend and reporter here at the Times forwarded this Associated Press wire story and his comments to me this morning. It’s a tough question with no easy answers.

Gary: Ah. what a dilemma this story raises for humans: what risk to take to save a pet?

(BC-CA-BRF–Bay-Hero Hospitalized,0231)
(Artist who saved dog from fire succumbs to injuries)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A local artist who once rescued a drowning woman died from injuries he sustained four months ago while saving a friend’s dog from a burning house.

Michael James Keenan, 44, died Monday of complications from burns at St. Francis Memorial Hospital. He sustained burns over 80 percent of his body in February when he rescued a Jack Russell terrier from a Russian Hill home.

“He was the kind of guy who would walk into any pub and walk out with 15 friends,” said Owen Kelly, a childhood friend.

For several weeks after he was injured, friends and family were optimistic Keenan would recover. Doctors initially said his chances of survival were 50-50.

But Kelly said Keenan recently came down with an infection and suffered a stroke Sunday night. He was pronounced brain dead Monday.

The dog Kelly saved survived after being treated at a local animal hospital.

The rescue was the second time Kelly performed an act of heroism.

On Christmas Day 2001, he saw a car drive into San Francisco Bay and jumped in to save the couple inside the car, using a wrench to smash the back window. He was able to pull the wife out, but her husband drowned. (END)

What risk should someone take to rescue a pet? There are no easy answers on this one.

What would you do?

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  1. Mayor of CLAYCORD Says:

    I would die for my animals, if my animals were in the house, and the house was on fire, I would go in and save them, no matter what the risk might be.

  2. jsabrahams Says:

    For my parents’ dogs – anything. They are two of the major lights of my life.

  3. Chuco's Mom Says:

    I would give my life for my babies. They give me their love everyday no matter what. Its the least I could do for my four legged babies after all isn’t that what any mother would do.

  4. Sheila Says:

    I would do whatever I could or had to for the animals.

  5. Pat in Antioch Says:

    I don’t think I could live with myself if I didn’t try………

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