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Company donates pet oxygen masks to hospital, ambulance

Junior Gonzalez
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Memorial Hospital and the White Rose Ambulance Co. will be better prepared to help save the lives of pets in emergency situations after the donation of life-saving oxygen masks for animals.

Dover EMS technician Mark Meiler administers oxygen to a chinchilla while co-worker Amanda Proepper does the same to a cat during a morning fire at a Dover Borough home Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. The home housed over 40 animals including a small alligator and large turtle. Dover Area Animal Hospital was called to the scene to collect some of the pets. Bill Kalina - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com

Invisible Fence, the company behind the electronic pet containment system, donated seven pet oxygen mask kits to Memorial Hospital and four mask kits to White Rose Ambulance Co. as part of its Project Breathe program to help animals suffering from smoke inhalation usually initiated by house fires.

“When a family suffers the tragedy of a fire, lives are turned upside down,” said Ed Hoyt, director of the Invisible Fence brand, in a news release.

“Pets are valued family members, so we want families to know that their pet can be cared for if tragedy strikes.”

According to the release, Invisible Fence has donated more than 18,200 pet oxygen masks to fire stations around the United States and Canada, and more than 170 pets have been saved with the donated masks.

Firefighter Kelsey Hershey administers oxygen to a chinchilla during a morning fire at a Dover Borough home Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. The home housed over 40 animals including a small alligator and large turtle. The owners were away at the time of the blaze. Dover Area Animal Hospital was called to the scene to collect some of the pets. Bill Kalina - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com Neighbor Tanya Querry moves some animals after a morning fire at a Dover Borough home Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. The home housed over 40 animals including a small alligator and large turtle. The owners were away at the time of the blaze. Dover Area Animal Hospital was called to the scene to collect some of the pets. Bill Kalina - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com