Dog Lost After Brush Fire Destroys Home Reunited With SoCal Family

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A family that lost everything when one of the raging brush fires in San Diego County destroyed their home this week received a welcome surprise when they were reunited with the dog they thought had perished in the flames.


A Carlsbad family returned to their burned down home and found their dog, who they thought was lost, alive on May 14, 2014. (Credit: KSWB)

Sophie Payne’s Carlsbad home was evacuated when the Poinsettia Fire ripped through the area on Wednesday, KTLA 5 sister station Fox 5 News in San Diego reported.

“It was my dream house,” Sophie Payne told the station.

The family ended up separated from their dog, Rocky, who was inside the house at the time, according to the station.

When the family was allowed to return to the property, they discovered their home had burned to the ground. However, they received one happy surprise – their beloved pet, who appeared to be fine other than some burns on his back.

The reunion was captured by Fox 5 news cameras.

“Rocky!” Payne said, clapping her hands as a man brought the dog over to her.

The dog was also clearly happy to see his family again, as evidenced by the frantic wagging of his tail.

“It’s all materials we can eventually get again, but as far as our family and pets, you can’t just come up with another Rocky or family,” Anya Bannash, Payne’s daughter, told Fox5