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New oxygen masks to save pets

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You have probably heard of firefighters rescuing cats out of trees, but in Brunswick County, firefighters are doing even more to save your pets. Three Brunswick County fire departments have become the first in the region to have oxygen masks designed for our furry friends. Chief Karl Bennett from the Calabash Fire department says, "I have numerous times seen where we could use this equipment and we've always had to improvise." They no longer have to use child-size oxygen masks, or mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to revive pets. A local veterinarian donated 3-dozen masks to the Calabash, Sunset Beach and Grissettown-Longwood departments. Veterinarian, Dr. Ernie Ward, says, "One of the primary incentives for me was, pets are like our children, and if we can do anything to help those pet loved ones we are going to do it." Now pet lovers in Brunswick County can sleep a little easier knowing their best friends will be protected in the event of a fire. Firefighters say they are happy to have the new masks, just in case, but hope they won’t have to use them too often.

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