A Pit bull named Diamond will be honored Wednesday by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Las Angeles. She will be presented with the 29th Annual National Hero Dog award for saving her family from certain death in a fire in October.
Darryl Steen and his two daughters were asleep when the fire broke out and would have died of smoke inhalation if Diamond hadn’t started barking.
Steen was able to drop his 9-year old daughter from a 2nd story window to safety but he couldn’t find his 16-year old. She was hiding under a mattress in her room and had passed out from the smoke. Diamond stood over her until she was rescued refusing to leave her side.
Steen and 16-year Sierra both had to stay in the hospital for weeks and have skin grafts. Diamond was sent to a pet hospital where she spent 6 weeks being treated for burns and smoke inhalation.
People have been generous with donating money to the Steens and they hope that as soon as Steen is cleared to go back to work they can get their own place again. The 15-month old Diamond had been with the family for about a year when the fire broke out. She certainly has proved her loyalty.
Diamond is staying in one place while the Steens stay with relatives. The Steen’s are determined to find an apartment where they can have their dog. If it wasn’t for Diamond none of them would be alive.