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Coventry Fire uses pet mask to revive dog

4/24/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Coventry Fire Department
COVENTRY — On April 14, the Coventry Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Hyacinth Avenue and was met with heavy smoke and fire coming from the single-family residence.

According to fire department officials, the family was able to get out unharmed; however, their 2-year-old dog, Rufus, was still inside.

After the fire was extinguished, Rufus was found lying on a bed and barely breathing. He was brought outside, and firefighters used a pet oxygen mask kit to resuscitate the dog.

Fire Department Lt. Bob Stokes said Rufus came around after receiving 15 minutes of oxygen through the pet mask. The dog was taken to a veterinarian for further evaluation and returned home the same day, according to Stokes.

The pet mask kit was donated to area fire departments by Invisible Fence and has been used many times with success, he added.

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