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Man Tackled, Then Arrested, for Trying to Save Dogs From House Fire

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Hanna May
- 1276 days ago -
A 58-year-old man in Brevard County, Florida, was tackled, and then arrested, for ignoring firefighters and trying to save his three dogs from his burning home, reported Wednesday's Click Orlando News.


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Past Member (0)
Thursday January 21, 2016, 11:17 pm

Rosemary Rannes (642)
Friday January 22, 2016, 12:56 am
Hannah I agree with Roberto, he is a HERO and his undeniable love for his 3 dogs makes him an inspiration not a criminal! I am thankful his 3 dogs were saved!

Marcus B (57)
Friday January 22, 2016, 1:44 am
This is worth reading:

"regarding this incident. To be honest with you, I would also agree that we could have handled this incident a little differently. But let me also provide you with a few other facts that were not presented on the news, as is typical. First and foremost, the homeowner was extremely intoxicated. He initially would not leave his home after reporting the fire. Deputies were initially unable to reach him from the front of the house where the fire originated but were eventually able to direct him out of the back door. I understand how distraught he may have been seeing his property being destroyed and the lives of his animals in danger but he needed to get out of the home and was very uncooperative. When we were able to remove him from the home and bring him back to the patrol cars, he was still very upset and the deputies did what they could to calm him down while firefighters began to fight the fire. The homeowner was not satisfied with the performance of the responding firefighters and thought that they were moving too slow for his liking. At one point he removed an ax from the stash of firefighting equipment and began to smash the windows of the home himself before he could be restrained and subdued, nearly injuring the firefighters in close proximity and interfering with their ability to extinguish the fire. So as a result, there are certainly other more serious criminal charges that I believe would have been much more appropriate if we were to have charged him with a crime but in the end I would have rather them simply stuck the homeowner in the back seat of a patrol car to keep him out of the way until the scene was secure. By the way, two of the dogs were rescued by the firefighters and are fine. The third one I’m being told, ran off on its own also unharmed. I believe the homeowner could have retrieved the dogs himself and got them to safety much sooner but he chose not to do so or was simply too intoxicated to do so.

I hope this further clarifies for you what actually happened. I have also spoken to my supervisors who were at the scene and expressed my views on how I believe this should have been handled but again, I wasn't actually there and I have to trust that those who were there handled the incident the best they could at the time. If I can be of further assistance to you regarding this incident, please do not hesitate to call me directly.
Major Bruce L. Barnett"

Gone W (3)
Friday January 22, 2016, 4:06 am
thank you for posting

. (0)
Friday January 22, 2016, 4:38 am
TYFS Hanna

Past Member (0)
Friday January 22, 2016, 6:13 am
Another grave injustice served up. I would've done exactly the same+would hope that all other who love their pets would as well. It's so stupid+this man did nothing wrong. thx Hanna
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