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Teresita Mendoza, Filipino Woman, Saves Dog And 7 Puppies From Fire In Pasay City

Feb 20, 2013 | Updated Feb 21, 2013

Teresita Mendoza isn't going to be cowed down by something as trivial as a fire.

On Saturday, a blaze destroyed 163 homes and 10 commercial structures in Pasay City in the Philippines.

When Carla Castro, a village councilor who lives in the area, heard that a 5-alarm fire was engulfing her home, she immediately thought of her daughter and pets.

According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Castro's dog, Nikki, had given birth to seven puppies just before the new year.

But Castro needn't have worried about the puppies -- Mendoza, who is Castro's neighbor, had already saved them.

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Mendoza told the paper that as the fire started, "the dog came up to her as if asking for her help in rescuing her pups."

"I love dogs so much," Mendoza told the paper. "They once saved my life during a fight."

One person suffered injuries in the fire, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Castro's daughter was unharmed.

Occasionally, the dogs do the rescuing themselves.

Last week, a pit bull named Baby made the news for saving a family and its dogs from a house fire in Wellston, Okla.

In 2012, photos of a dog carrying her 10-day-old puppies away from a burning home in Temuco, Chile, went viral.

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