Dog found waiting for owners to return after California wildfire

Photo shared by K9 Paw Print Rescue/Facebook.

PITTSBURG, Calif. (WTHR) - A dog left behind in the Camp Fire was found alive, waiting for his owners to return to their burned home.

Rescue organization K9 Paw Print Rescue wrote in a Facebook post that Madison's owners were unable to return home when the fire started, hoping and praying their dog would be okay.

Shayla Sullivan volunteers with K9 Paw Print Rescue and helped locate the family's other dog, Miguel, then tried to lure Madison back to the property with food and water.

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After speaking with one of the owners, Sullivan decided to leave an article of the owner's clothing on the property, as well.

"I had the idea of placing an article of clothing that would smell like her to keep Madison's hope alive until his people could return," Sullivan wrote.

When the owners returned to what was left of their home earlier this week, Madison was right there waiting for them.

The Camp Fire killed a total of 85 people and destroyed 18,804 structures.