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Northport Fire & Rescue get more than a treat to help save animals

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NORTHPORT - AL -

    When Northport fire fighters find animals trapped in fires, they now have a better chance of saving the animals' lives.

    The 'Invisible Fence' organization through its 'Breathe Easier' Program donated six pet oxygen kits to Northport's Fire department.

"What a lot of people don't realize is -- thought its not a statistic rarely kept by the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 150,000 pets are estimated to die each year in residential fires," said spokesperson Jason Norris.

    First responders tested the pet masks on Haley Honeycutt's dog 'Milo' Monday.  But, she's the one really breathing easier. "I've heard stories about animals being pulled from house fires.  As humans we know, we need to get out.  Animals - when they're afraid they think go hide."

     Each kit contains three different sized masks and a leash just in-case fire fighters need to restrain the animal.

      The six kits are enough to put on every emergency vehicle Northport Fire & Rescue has.

      Norris says they are just thrilled to have them.  "A lot of times animals are someone's child to them.  So if its important to them -- its important to us as well."

 

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