Pet walk to raise money for animal rescue training

By KBJR News 1

October 24, 2013 Updated Oct 24, 2013 at 10:49 PM CDT

Moose Lake, MN (NNCNOW.com) --For first responders, rescuing pets in a dangerous situation can be just as important as rescuing people.

Police officers and Firefighters go through many different training exercises, but how to handle animals in an emergency situation isn't always one of them.

"No we really don't receive any specific training for that," said Deputy Brandon Silgjord who is with the St. Louis County Sheriff.

Earlier this week, he came to the aid of a cat left for dead on a highway in Saginaw.

Meanwhile Superior Fire Chief remembers one firefighter who did everything he could to save a litter of kittens.

"Looking back on some kittens that were rescued a number of years back, and the gentlemen that were working on them, he was messaging their chest and heart area, they were pretty small and gentle and blowing some oxygen in their airway. Actually in one case one of the old captains actually did mouth to mouth on some cats and saved them," said Chief Vern Johnson.

Several Northland fire departments are benefiting from Basic Animal Rescue Training, a non–profit organization that specializes in saving animals in emergency situations.

Now two Moose Lake women who have dedicated their careers to helping animals are putting together a pet walk to raise money to get other departments similar training.

"We have a high goal of reaching a $1,500 to send to [BART] to supply at least one kit and have them come to the Mahtowa Fire department, the local fire department here and also have a regional training," said Patty Frye of Kennelz and Bitz

Fire officials say they don't come in contact with people's pets very often, they do have the necessary equipment to resuscitate them.

"This would be a larger doggie mask, it's made to accommodate the snout and the seal over the snout with soft rubber and we apply oxygen in the tip and gives oxygen rich air for the pet to breath," said Johnson.

Frye says this kind of training is important for rescue officials to have.

"A lot of people who come to the kennel here refer to their pets as their children and who wouldn't want their child saved from a fire or an emergency situation," said Frye.

Training that will help give officials the right tools to save animals and give their owner's peace of mind.

The pet walk will held on Nov. 2 at the Moose Lake City Park starting at 12:30 pm. All proceeds from the walk will go to BART

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