People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Friday saluted a 2-year-old mixed-breed dog, Foxy, for saving several people from a Santa Ana fire this week with her barking.

“The whole house was full of black smoke and you could see the fire,” said Foxy’s owner, Vera Mendez. “If it hadn’t have been because of her, I don’t know what would have happened.”

PETA sent a framed “Heroic Dog Award” certificate and a “doggie bag” containing an eco-friendly squeeky toy, a Nylabone and a box of vegan dog treats to Foxy.

“Dogs are known to go to courageous lengths to help their human friends, and this smart and tenacious dog is no exception,” said PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch.

“PETA hopes her story will remind all dog guardians to return their companions’ affection with walks, toys and love and to treat them as beloved members of the family.”

Mendez told City News Service that Foxy began “barking like crazy,” when the fire broke out.

“It woke up my son and he woke all of us up,” Mendez said.

Mendez said the three-generation family of six adults and a 9-year-old boy escaped the house unharmed, and in the nick of time.

“By the time I woke up, almost three rooms were involved,” she said. “We were lucky we got out. All of us, we all barely escaped.”

—City News Service

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