Gatlingurg, TN – Izzy Carrol, a 4-year-old girl with nonverbal autism, shared a very special bond with her pony, Heaven. When the wildfires, fueled by dry material and pushed by 87 mph winds, roared through the Carrol family’s neighborhood, there was no time to take Heaven with them when they evacuated. The Carrol family was absolutely devastated at leaving their animals behind.
The family feared the worst for Heaven, who was in the middle of the raging forest fire. After the evacuation was lifted, the Carrol’s rushed back to their home to find out the extent of the damage and to salvage what they could. They were heartbroken to find their home completely destroyed, smoldering walls were all that was left of their once beautiful home. As they were looking at the charred ruins of their home, they heard a horse scream. “I could see my whole family take off running,” mother Alisa Carrol told reporters.
Heaven was found alive, but badly burned. The Carrol family didn’t know if Heaven would survive until they could get her to a vet, but then they remembered seeing a post by Brian Minton, offering to help rescue animals in the fire. Shortly after contacting Minton, the family heard the roar of his dually pickup and horse trailer as he put it 4 wheel drive and pulled up to save Heaven. “She’s gon’a be fine, we got this, we got this,” he told the Carrol family.
Izzy and Heaven have their own Facebook group where you can follow their progress.
Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773
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