HOWLAND, Ohio (WYTV) – The Howland and Vienna Fire Departments responded to a fire Thursday in Howland, where they ended up rescuing a dog.
The first firefighters on the scene didn’t know the family was away, but they were prepared and ready to serve – that included saving and reviving a Rottweiler named Rylee.
Firefighters pulled the 100-pound dog from the house on Jeanette Drive, where a fire had started in the house.
Howland Firefighter Jim Petruzzi said when he arrived, another firefighter was already attending to the dog that was obviously overcome by smoke. Vienna firefighters were assisting and had the perfect equipment on hand – special masks making it easier to give air to animals.
“Howland Fire Department has to get the credit for pulling it out of the house, but it was barely responsive when we got to it,” said Jim Petruzzi, Vienna Twp. Fire Department. “We put the pet mask on and started heading to the vet.”
Rylee began perking up the closer she got to Town and County Veterinary Hospital. The animal will still need some time to recover and completely clear the smoke from her lungs, but she will be okay.
Vienna Fire Chief Richard Brannon said he’s a big animal lover and couldn’t be happier they were able to save a family’s pet.
“I’m on cloud nine just to be able to see that animal raise its head. I gave him a kiss when I left,” Brannon said.
Brannon said in addition to saving animals, he’s also delivered four babies on the job.
Invisible Fence paid for the masks and donated them to the Vienna Fire Department, which gave air to the dog.