In Maine, the Portland Fire Department, the Portland Downtown District and Planet Dog Foundation have just kicked off a $3,000 fundraising effort to equip fire trucks with pet oxygen masks.
The masks, which cost $40 apiece, are designed to fit dogs and cats, and come in a variety of sizes. Officials say the goal is to have all sizes on each fire truck in Maine’s largest city.
Chief Fred LaMontagne ) says the first priority of firefighters is protecting people. But he says pets are important, too. He says that often the first words out of homeowners’ mouths during a fire are pleas to help save their beloved pet.
City Councilor Dave Marshall and Mocha, his long-haired mini-dachshund, attended a news conference Monday to demonstrate the masks.
The Daily Doxie is trying to hunt up some TV coverage of this event so we can see Mocha’s moment in a mask.
Update: Thanks to Koachie, we now have the video: