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New-born puppy survives against all odds thanks to dedicated firefighters

firefighters help puppy to breathe dog-happy
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Christmas is a time for miracles. And a puppy in Lebanon, Oregon certainly experienced this first-hand when he was rescued on the 23rd of December.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 27/01/2020, 13:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:34

Firefighters at the Lebanon Fire District in Oregon were surprised on the 23rd of December when a distraught dog owner showed up with a tiny new-born puppy in her hands.

Unsuspecting heroes

The puppy was struggling to breathe, and she just didn’t know what to do. The firefighters willingly inspected the puppy but realised it might be too late. The pup was mostly lifeless, her paw pads and her nose already pale.

Despite this, Battalion Chief Nick Tyler, Firefighter Hayden Lent, and Intern Kelton Gaskey refused to give up on the helpless pooch. They were all animal lovers and were not about to let a poor pup die on their watch.

They started by using a pediatric bulb suction to clear the pup’s airways. Usually used for babies, the bulb worked wonders on the little dog who seemed to start breathing again! The firefighters then massaged his little body, trying to bring more oxygen into his lungs.

And within just a few seconds, the puppy was revived!


A miracle at Station 34! Crews at Station 34 were surprised today when a distraught dog owner showed up at the station...

Posted by Lebanon Fire District on Monday, December 23, 2019

A second chance for a lucky pup

He was then brought to a local vet clinic where he was deemed to be perfectly healthy. Last we heard, he is living a completely normal life back in his owner's home.

The amazing fire department crew can be proud of themselves! Without their precious help, an innocent life would've been taken!