Emergency Services Spend Almost an Hour Working to Keep Dog Alive
For Immediate Release:
21 September 2012
Marrickville, Sydney – For carrying Mandy the greyhound from a factory blaze and working for almost an hour to save her life, Sydney firefighters and paramedics will both receive a Hero to Animals Award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia.
The fire broke out in a two-story factory around 11 am on Wednesday. After finding Mandy lying under a dressing table near where the fire had started, a firefighter carried her limp body out to waiting paramedics.
Four paramedics then worked on Mandy to keep her alive, supplying her with oxygen and fluids and treating her like a human under the same circumstances.
Mandy was in critical condition and most likely close to death when the firefighter carried her from the building. Paramedic Sandy Macken said, “She was unconscious, breathing really fast, pounding heart and quite stiff in her body and she had a vacant stare”.
By the time Mandy was taken to a veterinary hospital for further treatment, she was conscious and licking the paramedic’s hand. She is now in a stable but weak condition.
“The compassion shown by these brave men and women is truly an inspiration”, says PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “They have shown the true depths of human compassion.
PETA Australia reminds all guardians to have a contingency plan in place for their animal companions in case of any form of emergency.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.