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VOLUSIA COUNTY (CBSMiami) — A Central Florida couple is crediting Bella for saving their lives. Bella is not their daughter or their dog, she is their cat.

Paul and Leona Jones say when they got home from eating dinner on Feb. 27, they just wanted to get inside out of the rain.

In their haste, they forgot to push the off button on their car.

It sat in the garage all night emitting carbon monoxide, silently poisoning the entire house.

At around 1:00 a.m., Bella started crying and woke them up.

Weak from inhaling so much carbon monoxide, Leona was barely able to call 9-1-1.

Fire fighters administered oxygen to the couple and Bella then took them to the hospital.

“If she hadn’t cried and hadn’t woken him up, we would have never known and we would have slept though it,” said Leona adding, “and never woken up.”

The couple has since put up great big reminder signs in the garage to turn off the car and installed carbon monoxide detectors.

As for Bella, she’s getting plenty of extra treats.


Comments (22)
  1. Ralph E Urch says:

    Oh, for want of a comma; or else that’s an amazing cat that can drive the couple to the hospital! “Fire fighters administered oxygen to the couple and Bella then took them to the hospital.”

  2. Jim Thomas says:

    You’ve got to be seriously wasted to leave your car running.

    1. Kenneth Hilderbrand says:

      My car is very quiet and when we were just learning to deal with the new technology we forgot to turn it off a few time. But not for long. Mine will turn itself off after awhile if your key is not within range.

  3. john L says:

    Thank God for Bella.

  4. Peter Gibbons says:

    we love you Bella!

  5. They had to put up signs to tell them to turn off the car?

  6. Forgot to push the “off” button. Hey, here is an idea, instead of “on” and “off” buttons, why not a key slot with a key that has to be inserted, turned to start and run the engine and then has to be turned to the off position to remove it. Simple technology that works.