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Woman digs through rubble to pull dog from leveled home


Two dogs survived a house explosion in Independence, and a neighbor pulled one dog out of the smoldering rubble.

"It was a total shock," said Monica Ayers. "I don't know what made me dig through all that rubble. Just if it was me and my family, I'd pray for someone to help us. I'd want somebody to come in there and look for us."

Firefighters were called about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to the single-story wood framed home in the 2400 block of South Vermont Street, located just south of 23rd Street and Sterling Avenue. A natural gas leak inside the home flattened it.

Jim Dorsey and his wife had just left their home to take their adult son to an appointment when the explosion happened.

The family lost both of their cats and two of their four dogs died. But Molly the pug and a black-and-white collie managed to survive.

"The first dog was lying about right here in front," Ayers said while gesturing around the yard. "The pug was inside."

So she raced to the smoldering rubble. She called out while turning over chairs, pillows and other smashed items.

"I was screaming, 'Hello! Is anybody there? Can anybody hear me?'" she recalled.

Then she heard a whimper from the pug.

"He was right up underneath the couch," Ayers said. "I kind of grabbed him and pulled him out."

She took him home and gave him water as she waited for firefighters and police officers to arrive.

The Great Plains SPCA took in the two dogs while the Dorseys are now living at a hotel.The dogs were injured but are expected to be OK.

Jim Dorsey and his family are very grateful to Ayers. They became emotional while sharing their gratitude with her Wednesday afternoon.

"Thank you for saving Molly," he said. "I sure appreciate it."

He's grateful that no humans were hurt and hoping for the best for his two surviving fur babies.

"It was a miracle. God was with us that's for sure," he said.

The collie was finally caught while running down a street frightened. If you want to help out the Dorseys, the animal shelter is collecting gift cards. Click here for more details.

The family did have insurance and is working with our insurance company about rebuilding, but say at their age it will be tough.

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