During a search of the home, firefighters found a small mutt in a middle room on the second floor. The dog was unresponsive when they carried it from the home.
After extinguishing the fire, firefighters treated the dog using a pet oxygen mask, provided through a partnership with Invisible Fence Brand. The company has supplied the city fire department with about a dozen masks sized for dogs and cats, Adams said.
Invisible Fence Brand of Maryland donated 28 pet oxygen mask kits — which include a small, medium and large mask, an instructional DVD and a one-page written explanation on how to use them — to the county.
The dog wasn’t breathing well at first, she said, but it came around after about 15 minutes. Later, Animal Control retrieved the dog from the scene. Dogs picked up by Animal Control are taken to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter.
“Hopefully there’s positive outcome,” she said.
The fire department does not track how often it uses pet oxygen masks, Adams said.