PETA gives pet oxygen masks to Portland Fire Department

Posted Aug. 24, 2010, at 5:46 a.m.
A pet oxygen mask is placed on a dog, Mocha, during a demonstration by a member of the Portland Fire Department in Portland, Maine, on Monday, Aug. 16, 2010. The Portland Fire Department, the Portland Downtown District and Planet Dog Foundation are kicking off a $3,000 fundraising effort to equip fire trucks with pet oxygen masks. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)
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A pet oxygen mask is placed on a dog, Mocha, during a demonstration by a member of the Portland Fire Department in Portland, Maine, on Monday, Aug. 16, 2010. The Portland Fire Department, the Portland Downtown District and Planet Dog Foundation are kicking off a $3,000 fundraising effort to equip fire trucks with pet oxygen masks. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

PORTLAND, Maine — The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is lending a hand to the largest fire department in Maine.

PETA says it is donating to the Portland Fire Department six oxygen masks that are specially made for dogs and cats.

The fire department had been using human oxygen masks to resuscitate pets overcome by smoke, and was trying to raise $3,000 to buy special masks for pets.

Besides cats and dogs, PETA says the masks are suitable for ferrets, birds and even reptiles.

PETA, which is based in Norfolk, Va., is the world’s largest animal rights organization.

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