First responders in Des Moines recently joined forces to rescue Milo, a family’s beloved pet dog, from a harrowing house fire.
In heartwarming video recently released by the Des Moines Police Department, the courageous efforts of the firefighters and police officers can be seen as they carried Milo out of the blazing residence.
According to police, the homeowner was able to extricate his family and one of his pet dogs from the fire, but Milo was still trapped the house.
Recognizing the urgency of the situation, the firefighters wasted no time in locating him, and even provided him with a dog-specific oxygen mask.
With utmost care, they then placed him inside a police vehicle, where Officer Neal Shaffer took charge of Milo’s well-being during the expedited journey to Blue Pearl Pet Hospital on Merle Hay Road.
Officer Shaffer carried Milo into the pet hospital, while Officer Kyle Keesey ensured the accompanying oxygen tank remained readily available. The dedicated staff at Blue Pearl Pet Hospital swiftly met the officers at the entrance and immediately assessing Milo’s injuries.
Their expertise allowed them to provide the pup with the necessary oxygen and fluids to aid in his recovery. Macenzie Johnson, a member of the hospital staff, attributed Milo’s successful rescue to the prompt response of the emergency personnel.
“He’s doing great. He’s up, he’s barking, he’s eating, he’s doing super well, and honestly, getting him here that quickly is the biggest factor,” Johnson said in the video.
As a dog owner himself, Officer Shaffer expressed his satisfaction in being able to save a cherished member of another family following such a devastating fire.
“I feel really good about it. It was kind of a wide range of emotions for me, from first seeing the dog come out and thinking the worst to now, maybe a day later, the dog’s going to be recovering well.”
The collective efforts of the Des Moines fire and police departments, along with the dedicated staff at Blue Pearl Pet Hospital, have not only saved Milo’s life but also provided solace and joy to his grateful family during a challenging time.