UPDATE SEPT. 29, 2013 10:11 P.M.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--The puppy badly burned in a house fire is now being treated at a hospital in Gainesville.
Family members say nine month old Onyx is at the University of Florida's Small Animal Hospital.
Northwood Animal Hospital's Dr. Kevin Brumfield and his wife took the puppy there Sunday for treatment on his kidneys and other medical conditions.
Sierra Plair says Onyx alerted her and her family to a fire Thursday morning at her home on Lake Avenue.
They escaped but veterinarians tell us Onyx received burns on at least 30 percent of his body. The family says they expect it will take some time for onyx to recover but they're hopeful he'll come home soon.
UPDATE SEPT. 29, 2013 5:45 P.M.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- This weekend, the family received another scare from their canine hero. Sierra Plair says Onyx made a turn for the worse Friday night when he stopped eating his food. The veterinarians at the Northwood Animal Hospital were able to insert a feeding tube inside the 9-month-old pit bull, but now the family's biggest concern are the infections Onyx may get from his burns.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- A 9-month-old pitbull named "Onyx" is being credited with helping to save his family from a house fire.
"Onyx" is still facing several weeks of treatment after becoming badly burned during the fire that investigators say may have been intentionally set.
"If we wouldn't heard him we wouldn't have gotten up...we would've been dead or in the hospital," said Sierra Plair.
Lt. Mike Bellamy with Tallahassee Fire Department says crews were called out around 2:00 a.m. September 26 to a house fire on the 1500 block of Lake Avenue. Crews were able to quick put out a fire that was in the back of the house and inside the back porch.
The family managed to escape the fire unharmed thanks to the barking of "Onyx".
Plair's fiance, Trevor Myers, says that's when he rushed outside. He says he found Onyx on fire and doused him with water. Plair meanwhile rushed upstairs to rescue her children and get them outside of the house.
Onyx, however, was severely burned in the process.
Unable to afford veterinary care, the family took Onyx to the Tallahassee-Leon County Animal Service Center where they thought they would have to surrender him over to the shelter. According to a release from Tallahassee Fire Department, when staff at the ASC realized that Onyx had saved the family's life, they worked quickly to get him the care he needed.
"Our goal is to help pets stay in their homes with their families," said Dr. Rachel Barton, Animal Services Veterinarian. "Given the traumatic event this family had just experienced, we knew we needed to do whatever we could to help them keep Onyx at home. They had already been through so much, the last thing we wanted them to do was lose their dog as well."
With the help of Northwood Animal Hospital and the Tallahassee Animal Shelter Foundation, Onyx is being treated for severe burns. The family is needing help to pay for Onyx's medical bills. You can contribute through Northwood Animal Hospital's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/northwoodanimalhospital
Onyx will require several more weeks of treatment with antibiotics and pain medications to help the burns heal properly.
Investigators say they believe the fire may be the work of an arsonist.
"Honestly, the person who did this to my home don't want to know how I feel because I feel like someone tried to kill me and my family," Plair said. "They harmed my dog."
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call the Florida State Fire Marshal's Arson Tip Hotline at 1-877-662-7766.