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Firefighter adopts dog he rescued in apartment fire

By KCCI Staff

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    DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) — A Des Moines firefighter has a new best friend.

In September, authorities were called to an apartment fire. As they extinguished the fire, they found and rescued a 16-month-old Mastiff. First responders supplied the dog with oxygen.

Animal Control arrived and explained the treatment for the dog would be expensive and the other option was the euthanize the dog.

The owner opted for euthanizing the dog, but a firefighter stepped in.

Malcolm Cortner, who had assisted in pulling the dog out of the building, asked to take ownership of the Mastiff along with the medical expenses.

The previous owner gave the dog over to Cortner and a new family was formed.

The dog, George, is now happy and healthy in his new home.

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