Boise firefighters work to save dog
Photo: Image by Boise Fire Dept.
Boise firefighters used their emergency medical training this weekend on an unusual patient - a four-legged one – in an effort to soothe a family who suffered the loss of a loved one.
Firefighters were called to an apartment in Northwest Boise this weekend after a family member found the elderly resident deceased. Her small dog, a Pug, was also found in the apartment. Distressed, the dog had apparently been in the heat without water for a couple days. He had very labored breathing and appeared to be convulsing.
Firefighter-Paramedic Lutz and Firefighter Elsberry went to work. They gave the dog oxygen through a dog mask and began to administer an IV.
With the help of Animal Control, the dog was transported to the Idaho Humane Society and delivered to the veterinarian on duty.
At last report, the dog, Berny, was resting and is expected to make a full recovery.
The family told firefighters that, understandably, Berny was very important to them and they appreciated the efforts to save him.