Dog injured and orphaned in Border Fire finds a new home

'Little Joe' was adopted Thursday

BONITA, Calif. - A dog that was injured and orphaned in the Border Fire has found a new home.

Reporter Joe Little helped rescue him along with an AT&T serviceman and a Border Patrol agent.

Little Joe was adopted Thursday by a Lake Morena couple that has rescued four other dogs in the past.

“My wife like most people in San Diego fell in love with him, fell in love with the story,” said Keven Owens. He and his wife, Kandace, got permission to adopt the dog from Jim Keefe’s relatives.

Jim and Kylie Keefe died in the Border Fire that swept through Potrero last month. They were the owners of Little Joe.

The dog’s paws were severely burned and he was exhausted when he was rescued.

The San Diego County Department of Animal Services, which took the dog to its Bonita shelter, named him after the reporter.

“We don’t have kids of our own right now. The dogs are pretty much it so they’re spoiled,” said Keven Owens.

“Anybody that comes in and adopts an animal from us is a hero in our eyes,” said Dan DeSousa with Animal Services.

DeSousa added there are at least eight dogs from the Keefe property that still need to be adopted.

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