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Safety: Dog revived by firefighters put down at hospital


By Jason Lesley
Coastal Observer

The owner of a cocker spaniel saved from a mobile home fire on the South Causeway near Pawleys Island Monday made the difficult decision to put her down Wednesday.

“I didn’t want her to suffer,” said Joy Fulton. “She was a wonderful dog.”

Firefighter Chris Holmes of Midway Fire and Rescue removed Fulton’s dog, Velvet, from the burning structure and used an oxygen mask for pets donated to the department to revive her Monday.

“They are our heroes,” Fulton said. “They worked so hard to save my baby.”

Fulton’s sister, Rhonda Johanning, said the dog would have needed three days of oxygen therapy at a Mount Pleasant animal hospital. The treatment would have been $1,000 a day, and they planned to start fundraising, but Fulton decided her dog was suffering too much to undergo the treatment.

Midway Chief Doug Eggiman said the dog’s story was not surprising. “That’s exactly why it’s so important to go to the hospital,” he said. “The secondary aspects of smoke inhalation can sometimes cause a delayed-type situation. The dog was unresponsive when we found him and had inhaled a significant amount of smoke. We are definitely saddened because that was the one bright thing to come out of the tragedy of the fire.”

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