When firefighters in Broward County, Florida arrived late Thursday at a home on fire, they assumed the evening emergency would include pulling trapped residents to safety.share linkFirefighters rescue 33 dogs during house fire to reopen beloved zookeeper’s death in tiger attack Drone strikes plane near London airport Oscar Pistorius appears in court; sentencing for murder postponed US military offers air aid as Japan searches for quake survivorsAlthough they found not a single person home, the firefighters stumbled onto a rescue unlike any other: 34 dogs choking on thick, black smoke.Broward Sheriff Fire RescueBroward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue crews rescued dozens of dogs from a house fire Thursday night.”The dogs weren’t responsive,” said Lt. Kristen Sargent, one of the first into the home. “They were just laying on the ground, pretty much gasping for air. The smoke was thick, you could barely see anything.”It took the fire department only three minutes to get to the blaze, but more than 90 minutes to find all the victims.Broward Sheriff Fire RescueRescue crews arrived and found a total of 31 dogs, many in critical condition and unresponsive.
Florida, eight dogs are still in intensive care.Dr. Katherine Cappe, holding a trembling dog they nicknamed “Andy,” said: “He has damage in the lungs. Some soot that’s probably down there. The first 48 hours is always a critical time for a dog that’s been exposed to smoke.”Broward Sheriff Fire RescueThe Florida Cocker Spaniel Rescue has started a fundraising page to help with expenses to care for the dogs.As she and a technician petted “Andy,” their hands turned dark from the soot still staining his body.Four dogs remain in oxygen tents.If you’re interested in donating or adopting the dogs, you can check out Florida Cocker Spaniel Rescue, donate to the rescue group’s crowdfunding page, or write:Florida Cocker Spaniel Rescue 23154 Saint George Place Land O Lakes, FL 34639