As a result, this devoted dog's home is now Prince George's County Animal Control.
The odds of a pit bull, or at least what authorities deem a pit bull, getting out of that shelter alive?
About 50-50, says Adrianne Lefkowitz of the Maryland Dog Federation. But only if that pit bull leaves the county.
"This particular dog will be luckier than the 800 others who go in there every year because of their breed," she tells The Dodo. "I think she's going to be okay because it's very public."
In fact, Lefkowitz says the shelter may already be working with the family to see if they can adopt to family or friends outside the county.
How fair is it for a family that has just lost their home in a fire to also lose their beloved pet?
Well, about as fair as any law that targets a specific breed - which is why Lefkowitz has been fighting breed-specific legislation for the last 20 years.
She adds that the county doesn't even use a list of predominant characteristics to determine whether a dog is, in fact, a pit bull breed - a method that is subjective at best but has some semblance of accountability.
"They've never been able to provide us with a list. It's a they'll-know-it-when-they-see-it sort of thing."
You can support the Maryland Dog Federation and the work they do in saving the lives of animals, as well as fighting breed-specific legislation by visiting their website.