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Posted on: February 2, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Penn Borough Police Department Receiving Pet Oxygen Masks

Irwin, PA (January 29, 2016) - Responding to a request by the Penn Borough Police Dept. for equipment and training that would enable them to help pets in their community during an emergency, the Westmoreland County Animal Response Team (WCART) is providing Pet Oxygen Masks to the Police Dept. In addition to the specialized equipment, the Department will also be given Pet Emergency Kits and provided hands-on training on the oxygen masks as well as pet first aid and CPR. A workshop is being held for the Police Dept. on Wednesday, February 10 at 12:30pm at the Penn Twp. Ambulance Association (1030 Sandy Hill Rd., Irwin, PA).

Partnering with WCART for the Penn Borough Workshop is Penny Layne, a nationally certified professional dog trainer and canine safety expert. Penny will be providing training to the Police on what to do if they encounter dogs while responding to an emergency, including how to read canine body language, defuse a threatening dog, deter dogs from attacking, and increase safety for both dog and Officer.

The Westmoreland County Animal Response Team started its Pet Oxygen Mask Program in 2013. With the awarding of the masks to the Penn Borough Police Dept., WCART will have given 207 sets of pet oxygen masks, Pet Emergency Kits, and training to 76 area First Responders (Fire, Police, EMS). All of this is made possible by the generosity of individuals, groups, and even area businesses, which sponsor the purchase of the equipment with their donations to WCART.

The Westmoreland County Animal Response Team is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that functions like the Fire Dept. or the Red Cross, but for animals. WCART’s members are trained in such activities as technical rescue, water rescue, oxygen administration, pet first aid, hazardous materials, and emergency sheltering. WCART is deployed through Westmoreland County 911, and often works together with fire and/or police departments to rescue and care for a variety of animals, from dogs and cats, to horses, cows, and other farm or exotic animals. The Team also provides Pet Care Comfort Kits to assist families who are in need of pet supplies following a house fire or other disaster, and participates in events throughout the year to educate the public about the services it can provide, as well as about emergency preparedness for pets.

WCART’s Oxygen Mask Program is making a difference, and the masks and training it has provided have been used to save pets. But there is still a need for many more masks by First Responders throughout the county. Individuals, groups, organizations, and business of any size could help to save the lives of pets by becoming a Sponsor.

More info on WCART or become a sponsor
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