MIAMI -

Three puppies are alive after being saved from a townhouse fire in Southwest Miami-Dade.

Crew who arrived at the home were told that a litter of puppies were inside the house. Firefighters located the puppies and paramedics administered oxygen with a pet oxygen mask before taking them to a local animal hospital for further treatment.

All MDFR transport units are equipped with a set of pet oxygen masks. The masks are used at fire scenes when pets are rescued and have suffered smoke inhalation. They are specially designed to fit over an animal’s snout and come in three different sizes to accommodate different types of domestic pets.

MDFR has been fortunate to have various community organizations donate the masks. Pet oxygen masks are not disposable and can be cleaned and reused.