Franklin woman searching for dog that went missing after house fire

(FOX 17 News)

A Franklin woman who lost everything in a house fire is still searching for the one thing that will help her through this devastating time: her dog.

Jeanine Collins had lived in her house on Eton Court in Franklin for about five and a half years before it started on fire Sunday night. Her dog “Sweetie" got away during the chaos.

“We went down for a nap and the next thing I knew, I was trying to rush out of the house, and call the fire department, and I got most of the dogs out, but not one,” Collins said.

Collins, who was on the first floor of the home, was able to get out of the home with just the clothes on her back and only five of her six dogs.

As the fire department arrived, Collins said her rescue dog named “Sweetie” ran away out of the backyard.

“I lost one dog in this fire, who is absolutely irreplaceable and the best dog, and I don’t want to lose another one,” Collins said.

Collins’ friends and neighbors came together Tuesday to help her look for Sweetie. They handed out hundreds of flyers, made signs and searched the nearby area.

“She’s suffered enough tragedy, and we just want desperately to help her heart and at least bring a little bit of closure to what all she’s experienced in the last couple of days,” Collins’ friend Angie Bauman said.

While Collins stays with friends and family, she admits this has been a challenging experience.

“But if I didn’t have the dogs, it would be so much harder to face whatever’s coming in the next couple months, and it’s going to be a lot of stuff,” Collins said.

Despite the tragic circumstances, Collins said she can’t help but feel thankful for the community’s support.

“Thank you to all of the folks that have been doing such a wonderful job helping me,” Collins said. “Thank you, thank you all very much.”

Fire officials told Collins they still don’t know what caused the fire. Collins said she believes “Sweetie” is somewhere near the home.

She said Sweetie responds well to her name, is a brown and white border-collie mix, and weighs around 35 pounds.

If you see this dog, call (615) 439-0127.

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