Springfield Firefighters Get Pet Resuscitators

Springfield firefighters hope to save more cats and dogs with a gift of pet resuscitation kits.

The Ozarks Kennel Club and Dr. Michael Opsomer's Gentle Care Animal Hospital in Nixa have donated three of the kits to the Springfield Fire Department.

The kits have special cup-shaped masks that fit animals' muzzles more tightly than oxygen masks made for people.

Battalion Chief Kevin Trogdon says he's responded over the years to several fires where pets needed medical attention. Trogdon says the oxygen kits designed for humans sometimes work on pets, but not always.

The donated kits will be placed on selected vehicles that respond to every fire call in Springfield.