Toledo firefighters save dog trapped in a burning home

Published: Sep. 29, 2016 at 5:13 PM EDT
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A Toledo family lost everything in a fire this morning. Investigators are still working to determine how it started. The first reports indicated there were people and pets inside.

The home is on Broadway near Bartley Place. It turns out no one was home when the fire started, but there were three dogs inside. The owner says the quick work of Toledo firefighters saved one of them.

This is video from the scene as firefighters worked to revive the dog named Foxy. Lt..Matt Hertzfeld took the video, "It was obvious she wasn't breathing enough on her own to stay alive. Firefighters began what's called modified CPR and then opened her airways. Other firefighters then set up the pet oxygen mask."

Within minutes Foxy was up and walking around. Her owner Bill Fenter says he couldn't watch while they were working on her, but he was moved to tears when he saw that she had been saved "As soon as she smelled me, she was wagging her tail. That's my baby, that's my Foxy."

Bill says the dogs are members of his family. While he's devastated by the loss of the other two, he says the fact that Foxy survived will help get all of them through, "I am thankful to the Lord that she's here with me, it's as simple as that. The firefighters took the time to save her and they didn't have to do that, but they did. and I am so grateful."

This is what helped save Foxy, a pet oxygen mask donated to the department by the K9 Defender Fund,"The dog's snout goes into the opening. We then force as much oxygen as we can into the mouth and nose."

Hours after the fire,Bill and his family began to look over the damage, "I don't know what to do right now. I lost everything, everything in my life. Everything." but in the midst of all their loss bill and his family are thankful foxy is still by their side.

Toledo Firefighters have been able to save a number of animals with the masks. The masks are on each truck in the city.

Foxy went to the MedVet Toledo emergency clinic to be checked out. She is being treated for smoke inhalation and burned retinas.

The family says they lost everything, so a GoFundMe site has been set up to help them. They say they will use the money to replace some of the things they lost and to pay Foxy's vet bills.

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