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Spartanburg Co. first responders receive life-saving pet oxygen kits

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A pet oxygen mask fits perfectly on Josie's snout (FOX Carolina) A pet oxygen mask fits perfectly on Josie's snout (FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Through a generous donation by the Spartanburg Kennel Club, first responders throughout the county now have a way to revive pets after a house fire or other emergency.

61 pet oxygen kits were donated to area firefighters and police K9 units. 

The kits, which each come with three oxygen masks and an oxygen tank, were purchased by the Spartanburg Kennel Club with funds they raised through various activities. The kennel club puts on dog shows and raises money for the Spartanburg Humane Society, as well as scholarships for veterinary students. 

Each kit comes with a large, medium and small mask, so it can fit on virtually any pet mammal firefighters and first responders may come across. 

"We got the idea from the Hendersonville Kennel Club," said Jim Rathbun, vice president of the Spartanburg Kennel Club. "Animals are out family, too. We want to try to keep them around as long as possible."

Firefighters with the Converse Fire Department in Spartanburg said while they haven't had to use the masks just yet, they are glad they now have the ability to save animals' lives. 

"In the past we have not had the equipment to use to try and save people's animals," said Lt. Dean Berry. 

The kits cost about $100 and were distributed to each fire and police K9 unit last week. 

Click the link for more information on the Spartanburg Kennel Club

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