White Gum Valley family’s pups on the mend after house fire


Marney Hynam with Freddie, vet Jess Smit, Renee Swan with Frankie and vet nurse Mike Goddard. Picture: Matt Jelonek d479351
Marney Hynam with Freddie, vet Jess Smit, Renee Swan with Frankie and vet nurse Mike Goddard. Picture: Matt Jelonek d479351

THE Hynam family’s two canine friends were lucky to escape alive after a house fire trapped them in the home’s laundry last month.

Cavoodles Frankie and Freddie have been undergoing medical treatment after the fire that occurred on January 21 in White Gum Valley with Freddie having burns to 45 per cent of his body.

Owner Marney Hynam said the night of the fire she woke up to the smell of toxic fumes.

“When I opened the door to the laundry I saw flames so I was madly calling to get my kids out of the house,” she said.

“We waited about 15 minutes for the fire services to arrive and the fireman said they could hear the dogs whimpering in the laundry.

“I thought they were dead, I didn’t think they could possibly still be alive.

“The firefighters rescued them and gave them oxygen treatment, our neighbours took them straight to the vets.

“They were scorched and blackened, they just weren’t in a good way.”

The dogs were taken the next day to Hamilton Hill Veterinary Vet where Ms Hynam said they were put on oxygen.

“Originally we thought Freddie just had bruises to her body as they were a deep purple colour but they turned out to be burns,” the dog owner said.

“There were burns to 45 per cent of his body, he needs dressing every two days and lots of pain relief.

“He had to have two 6 and half hour surgeries, without them he wouldn’t be here.

“The vets have been absolutely incredible, they have been practically sleeping at the vets every night.

“Freddie should be alright, he should spend another week in the vets but he is not out of the woods yet.

“We are trying to give as much money to the vets as possible but our house needs a whole refit.”

Neighbours set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the vet bills.

Ms Hynam said the cause of the fire that led to a damage bill of about $60,000 to $70,000 was unknown.

The house was not insured as the family planned to renew it in the new year and the family does not have pet insurance.

To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/help-save-frankie-freddie.

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