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The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department has been recognized by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
The Department has been awarded a "COMPASSIONATE FIRE DEPARTMENT AWARD" for our extraordinary efforts in rescuing two dogs from a house fire. This stems from a house fire in Bowie where two Chihuahua dogs were removed from the gutted home interior and resuscitated using Pet Oxygen Masks.
The dogs family could not afford veterinary care so personnel from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Public Information Office intervened and found vet care for the dogs. Sadly, despite the best efforts of all involved, Otis succumbed to his smoke inhalation injuries a few days after the incident.
The second dog continues to recover after spending a couple days with a friendly vet. Mylo was accepted with no promise of payment by the Family Veterinary Clinic on Defense Highway in Gambrills. Mylo was being treated for thermal burns to his eyes and throat. Christine D. Yates, D.V.M. told a fire investigator that Mylo responded well to treatment and medicine and looks for the dog to recover with follow-up care.
In a letter accompanying the award Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President stated, "On behalf of PETA and our more than 3 million members and supporters, including thousands across Maryland, i am pleased to present the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department with our Compassionate Fire Department Award." She concluded, "We hope that your Department's kindness will inspire others always to come to the aid of an animal in need."
This is the second "Compassionate Fire Department Award": we have received. In October 2012 the Department was recognized for our efforts in rescuing a small kitten that was trapped within the engine of a car.