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January 21, 2013

Firefighters demonstrate concern for animals

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

I would like to commend the Hickory Township Volunteer Fire Department as well as the Scott, Slippery Rock, Shenango, Volant and South New Castle fire departments for their efforts in rescuing two dogs in the Jan. 2 fire on State Road.

We also commend the two teens who reported the fire and first attempted to enter the burning home to find the dogs.

While the value of human life is of utmost importance, we are grateful to those who also value the lives of our companion animals. We are thankful that no humans were injured but are sad that the dogs had to go through such trauma.

We heard that one of the dogs did not survive and our deepest sympathy goes out to the owners. We acknowledge Apple Grove Veterinary Clinic also for its efforts in caring for the dogs.

Coincidentally, we just recently equipped Hickory, Scott and Slippery Rock fire departments with sets of animal oxygen masks. Each set has three sizes that are specially shaped for canine and feline faces. They can be hooked up to a regular oxygen supply and are more effective than standard masks for humans.

We would like to offer a set of these animal oxygen masks to any other fire department or emergency service that would like to have them as standard equipment.

We have 14 more sets available on a first come-first served basis. Several years ago we distributed these masks to some departments and want to make them available again.

Those interested can contact the Lawrence County Humane Society at (724) 654-8520.

Lois Winter,

president,

Lawrence County

Humane Society

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