Dramatic video shows choking puppy revived by first responders
A puppy that was “limp and unresponsive” now has a second chance at life, thanks to firefighters and police officers in Massachusetts.
The North Reading Police Department said resident Megan Vitale ran into the police station on Sunday with her 9-week-old Saint Bernard puppy, Bodhi, saying the dog was choking on food.
Surveillance video, which police shared on their website, shows Vitale frantically entering the lobby of the station, searching for help. An unidentified man then walks in, holding the near lifeless animal, appearing to attempt CPR on the dog.
“When officers came around the corner, they found the puppy was not breathing, limp, and unresponsive,” according to police. “Officers Jorge Hernandez, Peter DiPietro and Joseph Aleo came around the window and began to attend to the puppy.”
As first responders try to revive the puppy, Vitale cries and covers her mouth in shock. While pacing around the lobby, the man tries to comfort her.
But after about seven minutes, their anguish turns to relief and joy.
“Assisted by North Reading firefighters, the first responders administered back blows and chest compressions, ultimately dislodging the obstruction,” police noted.
One of the first responders then wraps Bodhi in a sheet and cradles the dog as they give it oxygen with a special mask designed for pets.
Now, the puppy is in the care of a veterinarian.
Chief Michael Murphy and Chief Don Stats praised the efforts of their first responders.
“Ultimately, a life was saved thanks to rescuers falling back on their training and remaining calm,” Murphy said. “Even though we are not faced with this kind of incident every day, the officers reacted just as they would in any emergency situation. We are hopeful that the puppy will make a full recovery.”
Stats shared similar sentiments.
“Many of our firefighters have pets at home in their own families. We do not get to choose the emergency situation that comes our way, so it is important that first responders be prepared for anything,” Stats said.