Donated special oxygen masks will help save pets during fires, other crises

A group of Shelton firefighters and an EMS official went to the VCA Shoreline Veterinary Emergency Center in Shelton to receive a donation of 10 oxygen masks specially designed for use on pets and service animals.

The masks are intended to help animals that may be suffering from respiratory distress during a crisis. “These will assist with pet rescues,” said Shelton Fire Chief Fran Jones.

Shown above are, from left, top row, Ted Pisciotta, Shelton assistant chief for fire prevention; Jones; Dr. Shelley Smith, a VCA Shoreline critical care veterinarian; Kim Granite of VCA Shoreline; and Ryan Hathaway, firefighter; bottom row, Matthew LaCoursiere, firefighter; Joe Constantino, Huntington Fire Company chief; Joe Tassitano, firefighter; and Jason Correia, Echo Hose Ambulance lieutenant; and Jeffrey, a dog belonging to a VCA Shoreline staff member. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

Below, LaCoursiere — who is a Huntington Fire Company member — holds one of the masks. A pair of masks — one large and one small, for pets of different sizes — will be given to each of the city’s four volunteer fire companies as well as the ambulance corps.