"Carmen" is surrounded by love as she fights for her life after an unsuccessful attempt to save her owners' life.

“Carmen” is surrounded by love as she fights for her life after an unsuccessful attempt to save her owners’ life.

*She is on a ventilator and in critical condition, but she still keeps her head up. “Carmen,” a nine-year-old boxer, is fighting for her life today after a brave attempt to shield her owner — using her body — from the dangerous black smoke of a house fire,  which engulfed their home in Ohio.

Vets at the CARE Center veterinary hospital in Cincinnati said Monday in a written statement that Carmen is “still on very intensive ventilator support,” but her badly damaged lungs seemed to be improving slowly.

Fire fighters responded to the blaze in Goshen Township, they found Benjamin Ledford, Carmen’s owner, unconscious in the basement with the dog; who was laying across his face, seemingly trying to shield him from the heat and toxic fumes.

Carmen was also unconscious.

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