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Saving Lyla: SAVES, SFD come together to aid pet at house fire

"The mask is used to deliver oxygen to animals and was designed to be used by vets," Stebbins said. "There are three sizes and for different weight pets and are longer or deeper that normal equipment to fit the animals face."

The equipment isn't standard at all fire departments, though. The Skaneateles Fire Department received one set last year through a donation from Invisible Fence in Syracuse. This was the first time the device needed to be used and, according to Stebbins, it worked very well.

While SAVES is dispatched to all structure fires to act as support for the fire departments responding to the call and for the homeowners, the department now can proudly say they are able to offer support for animals along with the fire department.

Stebbins said departments that would like to begin carrying the canine resuscitation masks on their apparatus should contact Invisible Fence, where they can be obtained for free. Many departments are finding them useful to have on hand, he added.

"I am very happy that SAVES and the fire department participated in helping Lyla, and I am happy anytime that I can use my knowledge to help anyone or a family pet," Stebbins said.

Firefighters from Skaneateles, Mottville, Marcellus, Sennett and Owasco and SAVES responded to the blaze. Engines from Amber and Fairmount covered at Skaneateles station one in case of another emergency call while Skaneateles was responding to the call at Onondaga Street.

VanBeveren said the resuscitation effort was a "great collaboration" between SAVES and the fire department.

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