BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB)- It can be hard for people who lose everything in a fire, but even more so if they also lose a loved one and that includes pets, so one group is working to help first responders save the lives of animals injured in house fires.
The Animal Protection and Welfare Society, or APAWS, has donated 13 pet CPR kits to the St. George Fire Department. The kits are specially designed to fit over the snouts of pets, which can make saving the lives of family pets a little easier for first responders.
"We appreciate the fact that pets are family members," said Eldon Ledoux, spokesman for SGFD. "Our firefighters are family people. We have families and we have pets and we understand the sense of loss that can occur."
The Whiteside family knows first-hand how devastating a house fire can be, especially one that claims the life of a beloved pet. A blaze started in their kitchen in October and quickly filled the home with flames and smoke. The family's three dogs were trapped inside.