A fire broke out early Sunday morning on the 2600 block of Second and Hill Streets, and the Santa Monica firefighters were there to extinguish the fire and make sure everyone in the structure was evacuated including the family dog.
According to ktla.com, while firemen were searching for victims, they found the pooch hiding behind a mattress.
At the time, the boxer named Stella was unconscious, and the crowd of people watched intently as a fireman gently carried a limp Stella out of the burning building. The dog had suffered from smoke inhalation, but a pet oxygen mask was placed over her muzzle, and slowly as the firemen for the next 15 minutes knelt by her side, Stella finally woke up.
"Christina Selter So happy the pet oxygen masks me and Bark Buckle Up donated help save her! Hope to meet the family and pup! Tks Chief Mani!"
Stella is recovering at a Westside veterinarian hospital, and there were no victims or firemen injured.
Job well done gentlemen.
If your local fire department doesn't have any pet oxygen masks, isn't it time citizens all joined together to raise funds to provide firefighters with the necessary equipment needed to save dogs and cats in emergencies? It is not known how many of the 30,000 fire departments in the United States are equipped with pet masks.
Pets America, a San Diego-based nonprofit group, has sold thousands in the United States and abroad. Wag'n Enterprises, a pet company in Herndon, Va., has sold kits to about 1,200 departments in the United States and Canada. The kits include three different sized masks; the largest of which states can fit a foal.
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