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Pet oxygen masks credited in saving NLV dogs in fire

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Pet oxygen masks used by the North Las Vegas Fire Department. (FOX5) Pet oxygen masks used by the North Las Vegas Fire Department. (FOX5)

A home near Owens Avenue and Civic Center Drive in North Las Vegas burned on Sunday evening, killing at least 45 dogs.

There were as many as 90 dogs in the house which, according to neighbors, also housed two men in their 50s.

“Whether it's an animal or a human being, we just go in and we do what we're trained to do,” said Capt. Cedric Williams with the North Las Vegas Fire Department.

Williams said that after getting several dogs out of the smoke-filled house, his department, along with crews from the city of Las Vegas, set up two oxygen tents to revive several dogs.

“We were able to resuscitate many of the animals doing CPR on them, to bring back at least two dozen animals that may not have had as good of an outcome if it hadn't been for their efforts,” Williams said.

Williams said most of the dogs looked to be of the Chihuahua breed, and there were several cages inside the home. The 48 surviving dogs are now being cared for at the Animal Foundation; 17 of those are being treated for injuries.

Williams said most of the injured dogs are suffering from respiratory problems rather than burns.

Williams further said many more dogs could have lost their lives if not for pet rescue masks. The department has used them for several years, and each rig carries one.

“This tool has been invaluable for us. It allows you to actually get a good seal on the mouth or nose of a pet and actually give them some oxygen,” Williams said.

Williams said that because there is an active investigation into the fire in place he couldn't go into detail about the conditions inside the house.

“I've never seen that many animals in the predicament that they were in once we got there,” Williams said.

There was no immediate word on if or when the dogs will be available for adoption.

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