After firefighters returned the dogs to their family on Wednesday afternoon the health of the animals started to worsen. Mylo, a 3-year old Chihuahua, was constantly scratching at her eyes and Otis, a 2-year old Chihuahua, had trouble breathing, would not eat/drink and could not stand.
The family had limited financial resources and could only think of bringing the dogs back to firefighters. On Thursday evening the family brought their pets to the Bowie Fire/EMS Station on Annapolis Road. Personnel used the canine oxygen masks again to provide a much needed boost of air to the dogs. The Bowie Firefighters contacted Fire Investigators to see if there was anything additional that could be done for the pets that had become victims of an arsonist.
On Friday morning
Investigators contacted the Departments Office of Public Information and collectively sought help for the dogs that were in obvious need of veterinary services.
The Fire/EMS Department sounded a call for help from vets. Several members of the Department, a County Council Member and other citizens from across the region have offered monetary donations to help offset the cost of vet care.
By the end of Friday both dogs were receiving veterinary care. Otis, the most seriously ill, was surrendered to the SPCA in Annapolis. The dog was immediately taken to a veterinary facility and was being treated for smoke inhalation and thermal burns to his throat and eyes.
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.
Otis is under constant care and wanted to eat this morning. He still was not walking and will be evaluated again tomorrow. The Annapolis SPCA agreed to work with returning the dog to the family after he has has recovered
A fund to accept donations for treatment of the dogs is being set up. Information on where to send your donations will be announced on Monday.
Mark E. Brady
Prince George's County Fire/EMS
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