Last night, firefighters in Dania Beach, Florida discovered more than they expected when they arrived at a call. Not only was the home engulfed in flames, but there were 34 animals trapped inside.
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles met with local media outlets and said:
Firefighters went inside the home but were obstructed by the many items inside. He says they also kept finding dogs, many of whom were unconscious. Responders used dog oxygen masks and gave CPR to some of the animals. The cause of the fire remains unknown.
Nine dogs were sent to VCA Hollywood Animal Hopital, five of which were in critical condition. One of the dogs did not survive.
The Broward Sherriff Fire Rescue are familiar with saving animals and routinely carry oxygen units for pets on their trucks. They are also trained to resuscitate animals.
Jachles also stated:
We know that animals are a part of the family. They are important to people. Our efforts are treating these animals and getting them definitive care.
No humans were inside the home at the time of the fire.
According to Channel 7 News, a neighbour, Dennis Hartling, who called the police after seeing the fire, says this is not the first time time that authorities have been to this home and removed animals. He says that authorities previously removed 30 dogs from the home.
While there is no word on whether or not police will file charges against the owner, we do know that the loss of life would have been far greater with a less prepared rescue unit. High paws to all those who helped save these animals’ lives.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.
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