Columbus fire department gets oxygen masks to save pets

Columbus fire department gets oxygen masks to save pets

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A local animal clinic has donated equipment to the Columbus Fire Department to help save lives.

The Double Churches Animal Clinic donated pet oxygen masks to each fire department in Muscogee County.

Each station now has three masks in different sizes that would fit small pets like cats all the way up to large breed dogs. They were also given equipment needed to hook the masks up to the oxygen tanks and a training DVD.

The video shows firefighters how to use the masks and administer CPR to pets.

Dr. Shannon Wylie says she feels better knowing pets can get help if they needed it.

"I was very shocked at the figures of how many pets are effected by fires every year so it gives me some comfort knowing that our firefighters are equipped to deal with these situations. Because oxygen is so important in initiating treatment in these pets," Wylie said.

Wylie also says that less than 26 percent of fire stations and less than 2 percent of EMS vehicles have the proper equipment to treat pets injured in fire's and half a million pets are affected by them every year.

Sadly, 40,000 pets suffering from smoke inhalation die every year. The fire department is unable to purchase life-saving equipment for pets because it can't be used on humans.

The masks cost more than $3,500 and the money came from the clinics, the clients who believed pets should have a fighting chance.

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