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Pet Resuscitators Hit Jones County

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JONES COUNTY, Miss. - Fire emergency responders in Jones County have new devices to resuscitate animals.

"What we've been doing in the past is using the devices that we use for human beings, and those don't fit just like a dog and cat," stated Dan McKenna, Jones County Fire Coordinator.

Through a donation from Invisible Fence Mississippi., the county received 24 oxygen masks specifically designed to be used on furry four-legged friends.
"Animals have different anatomical features than a human being, and the oxygen doesn't get to the animal in the manner it would with a human being," McKenna said.

Each pet resuscitator retails for $75, making the total donation an $1,800 value.

"We're fortunate that we were given one for every fire department in Jones County," McKenna said.
The pet oxygen kits come with a leash to restrain animals at the time of a fire emergency, and the device's creator says it can be used to accommodate any dog or cat.  
"The kit itself consists of three different sizes of devices for the dogs and the cats. Going from a small to a large animal," McKenna explained.

An animal receiving treatment is to be laid on it's back, the mask applied then the flow of oxygen begins. If a pet has complications responders say, they can connect an oxygen bag an essentially breathe for the animal.

"We want to do you know, whatever we can do to be able to make a successful outcome for those pets when they're involved in a fire situation," McKenna said.
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