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4/18/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Pet oxygen kits donated

GREATER AKRON — Several local fire departments are among those that recently received a donation of oxygen masks specially designed to help save pets’ lives in case of a fire or other emergency.

Norton, Copley and Fairlawn fire departments received some of the 45 masks that were donated by Invisible Fence® Brand’s Project Breathe at an event in Barberton March 28.

Company officials said the masks allow firefighters to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when rescued from a fire.

Departments receiving the masks also received training from Barberton High School nursing students at the event.

Students in the Barberton City Schools helped raise money for Project Breathe. Through the effort, Invisible Fence has donated more than 10,000 pet oxygen masks to fire departments throughout the United States, according to company officials.

“These masks are truly a blessing for our area,” said Barberton Fire Chief Kim Baldwin. “These masks will give residents comfort in knowing that we can save their pets if they are suffering from smoke inhalation.”

For more information on the effort, go to www.invisiblefence.com/O2.


Seized dogs available for adoption following resolved cruelty case

TWINSBURG — On Dec. 5, PAWSibilites®, Humane Society of Greater Akron executed a search warrant on a residential property in Akron. A total of 12 pitbull-mixed dogs were seized, along with a slate treadmill, syringes, bite sticks and other home remedy medical supplies.

A cruelty case that persisted over three months came to an end March 14. The offender pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and was ordered to pay restitution of $1,500 and to surrender the dogs to PAWSibilities, according to agency officials. The individual also cannot own another dog for five years.

All 12 dogs, including six adults and six puppies, have been medically evaluated, treated and behaviorally assessed by the organization’s animal care staff. Behavior assessments are performed on all dogs older than six months and gauge the dog’s reaction to new stimulus, other dogs, handling and food.

The dogs are available for adoption and will remain under the care of PAWSibilities until they are adopted into their forever homes.

The organization has two deputized humane officers who investigate cruelty situations and seize animals when necessary.

“The dogs were tied in the basement and backyard in poor conditions,” said Senior Humane Officer Tim Harland. “They were malnourished, most lacked food and water, and some were injured and scared.”


Bark in the Park planned by Humane Society

SPRINGFIELD — Bark in the Park, a fundraiser and awareness-raising event for PAWSibilities®, Humane Society of Greater Akron, will take place May 11 at Springfield Lake Park.

The 1-mile pledge walk also features a pet expo. Pet owners are welcome to attend and walk with their pet and are asked to raise at least $100 for PAWSibilities, which aids animals that are the victims of cruelty, neglect, illness and injury. Those who raise at least that amount will receive a T-shirt and a bandana for their dog.

“This is one of our top-rated and most attended events, and we are striving to make the event bigger and better than ever for 2013,” said PAWSibilities Executive Director Karen Hackenberry.

There will be police dog demonstrations by B.A.R.K, raffle prizes, contests and other activities. PAWSibilities also will showcase adoptable dogs.

Registration is $5, but participating pets and children 12 and younger can participate for free. On-site registration will begin at 11 a.m., with the walk starting at noon at the park, 2459 Canfield Road. The Pet Expo will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details, go to www.summithumane.org.

Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are still available. For details, contact Heather Kinaitis at 330-487-0333, ext. 232, or hkinaitis@summithumane.org.


April is Pet First Aid Month

GREATER AKRON — Pet owners are reminded to be prepared to handle medical emergencies this month.

The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) has offered advice to pet owners, as April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month. The nonprofit organization is urging pet owners to put together pet first-aid kits that can be used at home and on the go.

To assemble a first-aid kit, NAPPS recommends putting the following into a waterproof container: important phone numbers, including your pet’s veterinarian, an after-hours animal hospital and the National Animal Poison Control Hotline (800-222-1222); nonlatex gloves to prevent the spread of contaminants; gauze in a variety of sizes to wrap wounds; adhesive tape to secure gauze and bandages; ice pack to reduce swelling; hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting; antiseptic wipes, topical antibiotic ointment and rubbing alcohol to clean wounds; thermometer to check for fever; and muzzle to prevent biting (if pet is not vomiting, choking or coughing).

NAPPS officials add the best way to determine if a pet is suffering from an injury or needs medial attention is to evaluate and observe its behavior. When in doubt, pet owners should contact their veterinarian.

In addition, pet owners should strive to lessen the chances of an injury or health emergency for their pet by doing the following:

  • Create a pet-friendly home by making sure that dangerous items are out of pet’s reach.
  • Secure human foods, since even small amounts of some foods pose a risk for pets.
  • Check your pet’s collar to be sure it fits properly.
  • Supervise pets during play and when they are eating treats.
  • Involve the family so all members know first aid and pet safety.
  • Take a class, such as those offered by local pet organizations and some American Red Cross locations.


Kathleen Folkerth and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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