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Youngstown Fire Department receives pet oxygen masks

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When flames ignite fire crews will do all they can to save you and your family from a burning home. But, what about your pets? 

The non-profit organization Never Muzzled is making an effort to ensure fire departments all across the Valley are properly equipped to save the four-legged friends.

"There's been a lot of struggles with animals inside house fires. It's not good," said Lt. Tony Ciccone with the Youngstown Fire Department.

Saving human life is always the top priority but, when possible crews will go back inside a burning home to save a trapped dog or cat.

Like, last winter crews in New Castle rescued a woman from her burning home and used oxygen masks to help revive her dogs and cats. 

But, as the non-profit Never Muzzled has discovered not every fire department is equipped with the tool. 

"I just assumed it was in the budget that they could save everything and when I found out it wasn't it definitely became a mission that everybody had to get these oxygen masks and everybody needed to be prepared," said Sarah Harrison of Never Muzzled.

Wednesday, the non-profit delivered 13 of the pet oxygen masks to the Youngstown Fire Department.

Crews used a search and rescue dog from Mecca Fire Department named "Mookie" to demonstrate how the masks would attach to an oxygen tank and then the muzzle of a cat or dog.

The masks come in sizes; small, medium and large.

"It's hard job alone, just getting the dog out you don't know if that dog is scared, if it's going to bite you, if it's a friendly dog," said Lt. Ciccone.

So far, Never Muzzled has delivered about 80 pet oxygen masks to fire departments across Mahoning and Trumbull County.

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