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Three dogs who survived Auburn shootout and fire need homes

From left, Angel, Monkey and Peggy survived gunfire and a house fire in December. A Sacramento rescue group is looking for new homes for the three.
From left, Angel, Monkey and Peggy survived gunfire and a house fire in December. A Sacramento rescue group is looking for new homes for the three. Recycled Pets NorCal

Three dogs that survived the torching of their Auburn home and a police shootout need new homes.

Angel, Peggy and Monkey were at the residence in December when gunfire and flames erupted during a standoff between William Corson, 53, and law enforcement that would last more than five hours.

Corson, the owner of a two-story home on Kemper Oaks Court, was shot and killed by Placer County deputies after he barricaded himself inside his home, set it on fire and shot “hundreds of rounds” at law enforcement officers and into neighboring houses.

Corson had been drinking and arguing with relatives when he attacked his girlfriend with mace meant to repel bears, authorities said. An investigation indicated Corson set fire to his home using a Molotov cocktail. The fire consumed the home.

One of the dogs in the home died in the blaze, according to Recycled Pets NorCal, an animal rescue group based in Sacramento. But three survived, including Angel, a 4-year-old Lhasa Apso and Maltese mix with an underbite who jumped from the second story to escape the flames.

The three dogs – including Peggy, a 7-year-old Chihuahua, and Monkey, a Shih Tzu – are in the protective custody of Recycle Pets NorCal and need homes.

The charity described Angel as “cute as can be,” Peggy as “the sweetest dog” and Monkey as “social and super cute.”

“Luckily, Peggy and Monkey survived unscathed,” said Elsie Lodde, founder of Recycled Pets NorCal. “Angel, who jumped out of the second-story window to avoid the fire, only had minor burns, and we had to remove some teeth. The vet postulates that he landed on his face, damaging them. They are all well-mannered and loving and deserve a second chance at a family.”

Adoption information is available online or by calling Recycled Pets NorCal at (916) 668-0364.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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