Animal Oxygen Masks Donated to Macon-Bibb First Responders

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Updated: Tue, 08 Oct 2013 09:34:42 EST

Nine sets of animal oxygen masks were donated Monday for use by the Macon Police Department and Macon-Bibb Fire Department.

The masks, used for reviving animals, were donated by Macon lawyer Teresa Saggese Mills. Mills says she wanted to donate the masks after hearing about an apartment fire in Atlanta where many of the building's pets did not survive.

"You'll get me teared up again if you get me started talking too much about it," Mills said.

Each set of masks costs $95 and consists of three mask sizes to be used for large and small animals. Macon-Bibb Assistant Fire Chief Shane Edwards says the masks will do a lot to help save the lives of people's pets.

"It's too common that we go in houses that have animals that are in distress of respiratory breathing and so we're looking forward to having it and having this on our trucks," Edwards said.

Edwards says the department has been using masks for humans to treat animals. He says the animal masks create a more air-tight seal.

"An animal is just like a child so it's touching to be able to see an animal that has been revived and it's just a great thing to see that happen," Edwards said.

In total the masks cost nearly $900, but Mills says it's a small price to pay for doing what she loves ... helping animals.

"If it saves one person's animal, just like the major was sharing, then it will have been well worth any outlay or any involvement," Mills said.

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