Updated: September 18, 2020 02:10 PM
Created: September 18, 2020 05:45 AM
Fire departments in Schenectady County got a life-saving delivery for pets Friday morning. A local non-profit raised money for pet oxygen masks.
It all started back in June.
The Schenectady Fire Department responded to a fire on Crane Street.
Everyone was able to make it out safely, except pit bull mix Bentley, who was just 10 months old at the time.
Firefighters were able to rescue him from the apartment.
A Schenectady police officer rushed Bentley to an animal hospital in Latham.
Bentley was thankfully able to make a full recovery.
Meet Bentley! He was in a house fire in #Schenectady in June. He’s okay thanks to the oxygen he was given. The Mr. Moe Project, an animal rescue organization, helped pay for his care. And they realized the need for pet oxygen masks so they made a donation to the county! @WNYT pic.twitter.com/xwGMTiF2CQ— Emily De Vito (@emilydevito) September 18, 2020
However, his owners were unable to pay for his vet bill, so the Mr. Moe Project stepped in.
Started by Chris and Mariesa Hughes from Clifton Park, the project cares for older and injured dogs when their owners cannot afford medical care.
It was through Bentley the Hughes' realized the need for pet oxygen masks.
The Mr. Moe Project raised $6,000.
They were able to donate 100 of these kits to fire departments in the county.
They include three different sized masks, small enough to fit a cat, and they form a suction around the animals' mouth.
Hear why Bentley's owner said today was a way for him to say thank you to his heroes by watching the video of Emily DeVito's story.
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