Puppies saved from California wildfire

JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) – Deputies have saved a litter of Shar-Pei puppies from a smoke-filled home burning in a Southern California wildfire.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Red Heard said deputies had evacuated residents of several homes Tuesday in the two-acre fire in Jurupa Valley when they saw 19-year-old Carla Guardado crying, saying her dogs were inside a house.

Heard told the Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/K10u5p) that fearing Guardado would go back inside herself, two deputies went in instead.

One of the deputies, Randy Postoian, said the 20-week-old puppies were hard to find in the thick smoke. But the deputies eventually found them in a crate, gathered them in their arms and walked out.

The puppies’ parents, however, wouldn’t come when Guardado and a deputy called, and they remained missing hours later.

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