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Last Updated: Monday, 16 May, 2005, 20:01 GMT 21:01 UK
Dog rescue firefighters honoured
Weimaraner gun dog
Weimaraner dogs can weigh up to 35 kg
Firefighters who gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to four pet dogs rescued from a house fire on Teesside are to receive awards.

Nine firefighters who revived three of the four Weimaraner dogs from a kitchen fire in Billingham will be honoured at a special ceremony in Hartlepool.

They will receive certificates of merit from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Crews also used air from breathing apparatus to try to save the animals.

The firefighters found the German gun dogs, which can weigh up to 35 kg (5.5 stone), trapped in the blazing home in Billingham in September 2004.

Elaine White, the owner of the animals, will also attend the presentation in Hartlepool on 20 May to thank the firefighters.

Smoke inhalation

Ms White, who was out shopping when the fire started, said she is looking forward to meeting the firefighters who saved her dogs - Shannon, Emma and Jason.

Her oldest pet, Portia, died from smoke inhalation after the fire, which started in the cooker.

She said: "I can't thank the firefighters enough for what they did to rescue and revive my dogs."

Watch manager Paul McIntosh, the officer in charge at the incident, said: "Weimaraners are big, heavy dogs which made the task harder because they were unconscious.

"However we got them out and used oxygen therapy, air from BA cylinders and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to revive all but the oldest dog."



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