Update: Cat Rescued by Firefighters Succumbs to Injuries

Firefighters in Ontario, Canada, used a pet-sized oxygen mask to treat a cat for smoke inhalation.

Updated: May 2, 2008 2:54 p.m. EDT

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Update 5/2/08 at 2:54 p.m. Despite the efforts of emergency crews, Popo, a cat pulled from a burning apartment in Peterborough, Ontairo, Canada, has died, the Peterborough Examiner reported this morning. Popo succumbed to the injuries she received during the fire, according to city fire department Platoon Chief David James.
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Update: Cat Rescued by Firefighters Succumbs to Injuries
Firefighters treated a calico cat like the one shown here with a pet-sized oxygen mask.

Posted 5/2/08 at 2:00 a.m. A cat rescued from an apartment fire Wednesday night benefitted from the use of a pet-sized oxygen mask. Firefighters in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, saved Popo the cat from one of the units in the burning apartment building, then administered oxygen to the animal to help her recover from smoke inhalation, the Peterborough Examiner reports.

Popo and her owner were then transported to Peterborough Regional Health Centre, where the man received treatment for smoke inhalation as well. “[The owner] wasn’t going to the hospital without his cat,” paramedic Jeff Wilson said.

Once at the hospital, Wilson and his partners, Chuck Stevens and Justin LaRonde, contacted Peterborough Veterinary Services to arrange treatment for Popo. Doctors, nurses and emergency room staff all contributed money to help pay for the cat’s treatment, Wilson said.

Popo, was treated by veterinarian Dr. Joke Brouwers, will be kept overnight for observation, and Dr. Brouwers waived any fees for treatment. The money raised at the hospital will be donated to charity, Wilson said.

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Jeanna    Dalton, GA

5/8/2008 6:41:32 AM

Thank's for the update. I was hoping for a better ending.

Bob    Solvay, NY

5/6/2008 8:46:28 AM

It was a heart warming story but the ending turned out to be very sad. I feel for the owner.

Ellen    Attleboro, MA

5/3/2008 12:28:02 AM

Bravo for the great folks trying to save her, but sad ending :(

Angela    Hamburg, NY

5/2/2008 10:02:00 PM

It is so sad that when despite everything possible being done someone dies anyways.

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