Islip Terrace, New York – A 19-year-old woman from Suffolk County and her three large dogs are lucky to have survived thanks to special rescue dog training.
As CBS2’s Caroline Gusoff reported Monday, the emotional family thanked the volunteer firefighters for being in the right place at the right time.
“I can’t even begin to tell you what you’ve done for our family,” Tara Piniella told them.
Piniella suppressed her emotions after volunteer firefighters rescued her daughter and then went to the smoky house to rescue her other three dogs.
“My house can be replaced. My daughter can’t. My dogs are not allowed,” Piniella said. – Can I hug someone?
On Sunday morning, while her daughter was fast asleep, a security camera showed the house filling with smoke.
“I heard my dogs crying. I called my daughter. I called and called and called.
A frantic 911 call from her daughter stranded in the basement resulted in Islip Terrace firefighters pulling her out of a window, unharmed.
Incredibly, firefighters went inside and searched for the three dogs. Helmet camera video shows the discovery of Brutus, a Siberian Husky, unconscious in the kitchen.
“The dog was lying under a chair, and fragments of the ceiling and windows flew out. The dog didn’t move at all, at that time it was a dead weight,” said Fire Department Lieutenant Aylipa. Connor Milton said.
Two more large dogs cowered upstairs.
“They were both barely breathing. We immediately started giving the dogs oxygen. Chief Jared Ganst said.
Dogs were cooled with fire hoses and treated for burns. Ganst, who is also a Suffolk police paramedic, has just completed an unusual police dog rescue course.
“It’s pretty unheard of to actually learn how to treat these animals,” Ganst said.
“I watched them do CPR as if they were doing it on my front lawn,” Piniella added.
Theodore, the Malamute, inhaled smoke. Luna, another husky, burned out.
“How is it possible that he went through this training a few days before and applied it to three dogs who needed him there that day,” Piniella said.
Her home was lost, but one by one the dogs are being restored. The family commends the incredible efforts of the community, saying they will always be grateful.
The firemen said they didn’t think twice about it. They said that everyone has their own dogs and they treat them like family.
The cause of the fire, which is believed to be non-criminal, is under investigation.
Islip Terrace firefighters Matthew Arthurs and Danny Blazucci smashed the basement window and dragged the woman to safety.
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