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Emergency Workers Use Gifted Tool to Save Puppy

HAMILTON, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- An 8-week-old puppy is pulled lifeless from a burning apartment building.

Emergency workers with Hamilton's Fire Department used a tool they received as a recent gift to  help the pup breath, a "Pet Resuscitator."

"Precious" has been through a lot.  Last Friday the puppy was trapped inside an apartment building on Ludlow in Hamilton.  The puppy's mother had gotten out safely.

A man tried to rescue Precious and got burned in the fire.  A firefighter eventually found the pup on the second floor of the building.  Firefighters say when the puppy was first brought out of the apartment building it was lifeless.  At that point they didn't know whether it would survive.

They wrapped it in a blanket and that's when the paramedic coordinator, Jennifer Mason, saw the puppy.  She picked it up and started using the new system on it.

The Hamilton Fire Department just got a gift of Pet Resuscitators two weeks ago.  Emergency workers were trained on the equipment last week.  The masks come in different sizes and they're specifically designed for the shape of an animal's face.

Precious has an upper respiratory infection, but other than that she is fine.  Her owner, Josh Masur, is grateful emergency workers who cared used the equipment to save his puppy's life.

"The dogs are like my family and I'm pretty sure most people are like that with their dog.  So it's like losing a family member especially when they told me she wasn't breathing.  I was pretty upset.  And then to find out that she made it, it was a big relief."

The Pet Resuscitators were donated to the fire department by the Queen City Dog Training Club.  The man who was hurt trying to save Precious is out of the hospital after suffering burns to his hands and face.




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