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CAT saves dog from house fire

by: GRESHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT - Max was recently saved from a house fire by the Multnomah County Child Abuse Team (CAT).Who says dogs and cats can't get along?

On Tuesday, the Child Abuse Team (CAT) from Multnomah County happened upon a house fire and were able to rescue a dog that was trapped inside. According to the Gresham Police Department, it is the first case of CAT saving a dog from a fire in recent memory.

Around 3 p.m. on Jan. 14, Gresham detectives John Rasmussen and Thomas Walker, both assigned to CAT, were en route to interview a subject in Portland. Before arriving at their destination, they observed a house fire in the 500 block of NE 108th and a man pounding on the front door in an effort to alert anybody inside.

They learned that the person did not know whether the homeowners were inside, but did know the homeowner recently had undergone surgery.

Rasmussen and Walker were able to gain entry by breaking through a rear-sliding door. With smoke and flames pouring out of the house, they called to anybody inside. Fortunately, there were no people inside, but there was a large dog inside.

"Max" was not happy to see the detectives at first, but soon warmed up to the idea that the two from CAT might come in peace. The detectives were able to get Max out and notify the fire department, who responded to put out the fire.

The grateful homeowner and Max were reunited after the homeowner arrived at the location and Max reported no injuries.