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Firefighter saves puppy with mouth-to-snout CPR

Jan 4th, 2009 | By | Category: snewz

Mouth-to-snout can mean the difference between life and death.
Mouth-to-snout can mean the difference between life and death.

Plum Borough, PA – Plum Borough Fire Department saved the day this past weekend when a new member of the Palombo family fell into a well outside of their Pennsylvania home. The victim, an unnamed shih-tzu, arrived with the family on Christmas day and wasted no time exploring the Palombo’s yard. Suddenly, the shih-tzu vanished, and the Palombos quickly learned its terrible fate.

A fire crew arrived quickly to the scene and attempted a number of methods for puppy extraction over a period of 3 hours. The little shih-tzu, meanwhile, was getting crushed by the force of the pipes, its breathing becoming increasingly labored.

The firemen finally determined the best course of action would be to use an industrial-strength vacuum to pull the little guy out. They grabbed him, but he was no longer breathing. It was already too late.

Or was it?

Plum Borough Assistant Fire Chief Jim Scuffle sprang to action, administering mouth-to-snout resuscitation on the dog and returning him to life after a few minutes. Scuffle took the dog to a local veterinarian, who gave him a clean bill of health, then returned him to a very grateful Palombo family.


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