Fire crew car­ries pet mask

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SIX fire en­gines in Mersey­side, in­clud­ing Formby, are now car­ry­ing pet-friendly oxy­gen masks thanks to a part­ner­ship be­tween Mersey­side Fire & Res­cue Ser­vice and a na­tional char­ity.

The masks, pro­vided by a char­ity called Smokey Paws and paid for by do­na­tions from kind­hearted an­i­mal lovers, are part of a kit spe­cially tai­lored for cats, dogs and other small house­hold pets.

The kits, which cost £90 each, con­sist of three pet-sized oxy­gen masks that can be used for a va­ri­ety of an­i­mals.

They also in­clude oxy­gen tubes, muz­zles and a slip lead in case an an­i­mal be­comes ag­i­tated while be­ing res­cued.

They range in size to fit small pets such as ham­sters, snakes, dogs and cats and larger an­i­mals such as sheep and horses, and are de­signed to fit snugly around the snout of an­i­mals to en­sure a bet­ter flow of oxy­gen.

One of the masks was re­cently put to good use when a dog was re­sus­ci­tated fol­low­ing a chip pan fire at a home on Chancery Lane in St He­lens.

If you would like to find out more about Smokey Paws’ pet life-sav­ing mis­sion, or if you can help raise funds and aware­ness in the Mersey­side area, please con­tact Emma on emma@smokey­ uk or call 07340754408.

De­tails can be found at www.smokey and www.face­ helpsmokey­paws

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