Fire-surviving golden retriever has been adopted at spcaLA

Photo courtesy of spcaLA survivor—Puddles ran out of a burning RV after the caretaker was murdered and the vehicle set aflame. Puddles made it out without any serious injuries.

For Puddles, the 2-year-old golden retriever mix, arriving at Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (spcaLA) may have been a welcome relief and has led to his recent adoption.

Puddles was under the care of Thomas Taylor, aged 61, because her former owners are seeking treatment for a life-threatening illness outof- state, and could no longer care for her. In January, Taylor was murdered and his RV set aflame, with Puddles inside.

Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) reported that Puddles rushed out of the RV when Long Beach Police were investigating the incident. A Long Beach Police Officer placed Puddles inside a police cruiser and called LBACS.

Puddles survived the ordeal with no serious injuries and has been adopted at Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA). The City of Long Beach and spcaLA pioneered the publicprivate model for animal welfare, fully integrating spcaLA, LBACS, and all major program functions in one complex.

“Puddles is in good health, but a little apprehensive. This is understandable as she has been through so much, losing her home and companion and having that terrifying experience of the fire,” President spcaLA Madeline Bernstein said. “Now she can continue to recover in her new home.”

Puddles was inside of the motor home that was intentionally set on fire in January. The vehicle was parked in an alley behind a vacant business in the 500 block of West 17th Street near Magnolia Avenue in Long Beach.

Three suspects have been arrested and charged in connection to the fire, which led to a murder investigation. According to the City of Long Beach, the motive for the murder appears to be an on-going dispute.

Each year spcaLA finds home for more than 3,200 animals. Adoptable pets and information regarding adoption can be found at

For more information, persons interested can contact Ana Bustilloz at (323) 730-5300 ext: 252 or at: abustilloz@spcaLA. com.