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Police & Paramedics Prepare to Protect Pets

During a raging Hollywood house fire Tuesday, authorities rushed to the rescue of two dogs, including one trapped inside.

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    During a raging Hollywood house fire Tuesday, authorities rushed to the rescue of two dogs, including one trapped inside. On Wednesday, South Florida police and paramedics gathered to learn how to respond to situations like these.           

    "I've actually had animals run out," says Officer Carl Diblasi of the Coconut Creek Police Department.
     
    Sometimes, in the rush to get out of a disaster, pets can get left behind.
     
    "We do see a lot of these cases and a lot of them are critical," says Dr. Caleb Frankel.
     
    The Coral Springs animal hospital is teaching first responders how to provide urgent care when there isn't a veterinarian present. Applying oxygen can be life saving, but if the animal isn't breathing, Frankel says it's time for mouth to snout resuscitation.
     
    "Once we clear the airway, we're going to pinch across the muscle here, hold his mouth closed and create a seal and blow forcefully into his nose. You'll actually see the lungs expand,” Frankel demonstrated.
     
    He says there’s something you can do at home. Get an animal decal that sticks onto a glass surface. It will let first responders know how many animals are inside if they have to respond to your home. It could result in a remarkable rescue right in the middle of tragedy.
               
    That's just why Officer Diblasi is taking part.
     
    "When the pressure is on, you always revert back to your training. If you don't know what to do, you're lost," he said.
     
    It’s a situation he never wants to find himself in because the pooch he must protect could one day be yours.
     
    Veterinarians say it's important to also have a disaster plan for your pets, keep a cat carrier and collar near your door and consider microchips and tags so your pets can be easily identified when lost or rescued.