Animals

May 13, 2014 1:49 PM by Andy Koen

Rescued dogs reunited with firefighters

PUEBLO - A trio of dogs rescued from a burning home in Pueblo last week were reunited today with the firefighters who saved them. The two Jack Russel Terriers and Miniature Pinscher were brought out of the Davila family's home on Bobcat Lane last Wednesday. Firefighters used special oxygen masks made just for dogs to treat the pups for smoke inhalation.

The family came to the fire station this morning to personally thank everyone.

"My daughter loves her puppies and I don't know how I would explain when she's looking for her puppies where her puppies went," said Sara Davila.

Firefighter Paul Haley found two of the dogs hiding under a bed. The third was already outside.

"That's a family pet and that's how we think of it," he said of the rescue. "We go on calls and whether it's a medical call, a fire call, a rescue call and we treat that like its our neighbor."

Given the smaller the size of the dogs and the amount of smoke they inhaled, firefighter Billy Karcher said they were pretty lethargic when he began the breathing treatments.

"There wouldn't have been much we could have done if it weren't for the rapid intervention of the two guys that went in and pulled the dogs out," Karcher said.

The Southern Colorado Kennel Club paid for dozens of canine oxygen masks at the fire stations in Pueblo and community's across Southern Colorado.

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