Puppy Love: First Responder Says Crew Is Prepared When It Comes to Saving Animals
NORTH READING, Mass. — A first responder who helped save a 9-week-old puppy's life said the dog is doing just fine.
First responder Herby Bachelor spoke with NH1 about saving the young Saint Bernard's life on Sunday.
Surveillance video shows two people — the dog's owner Megan Vitale and a friend — frantically running into the North Reading police station with the lifeless puppy in their arms prompting first responders to jump into action.
Bachelor, a firefighter and paramedic in North Reading, is shown in the video giving the puppy, Bodhi, oxygen after the lodged food was removed.
Special pet oxygen masks are now a staple in all North Reading firetrucks, Bachelor says, so that responders can revive animals in instances like this.
To ease the dog's fear of an oxygen mask being placed over his muzzle, Bachelor took the hose out and gently blew it in the dogs face to show that there was no harm involved.
This is a common practice for firefighters and paramedics who have to rescue dogs who suffer from smoke inhalation.
Bachelor said Vitale took Bodhi to a local animal hospital where they monitored him overnight.
He was released and is doing just fine!