Fire department gives heat-stricken dog oxygen

Tuesday, 28th June 2011

Pet medication was required to save a dog that was suffering from heat stroke when it decided to run after a car.

The American bulldog involved in the incident was treated by the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue team, who were required to give the animal oxygen and fluids and were rewarded for their act by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta).

Tracy Reiman, executive vice president of Peta, said: "We hope that the rescuers' kindness will inspire others always to come to the aid of animals in need."

Peta gave the rescuers the Compassionate Fire Department Award for their actions which saved the life of the dog.

The incident follows the news that two police dogs died after being left in a car for an hour in conditions reaching 29 degrees Celsius.

In response to the incident a representative from the Dogs Trust explained that it can take 20 minutes for a dog to succumb to high temperatures if left in a car.