Firefighters use special equipment to save pets from burning home

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Carrie Cavuoto returned home from church Sunday evening to find her four dogs and two cats in the arms of Phoenix firefighters as her two story condominium, near 12th Street and Maryland Avenue, had caught fire.

Stefanie Cross lives next door, heard the smoke alarm and rushed out to see several fire engines arriving.

"They got out the saws and were on top of the roof cutting holes trying to save the dogs," Cross said. "At that time we didn't know if any of them had made it, there was just so much smoke coming from the top."

All six animals, four dogs and two cats were pulled from the smoke filled condominium unit.

A spokesman for the Phoenix Fire Department said firefighters found two of the dogs hiding under a bed.

At first, some of the animals lied motionless, barely breathing, according to neighbors.

"The little white dog was limp, we thought he was gone but they never gave up on him for a minute," said Cross.

But luckily, one of the fire trucks was carrying FIDO bags, which contain first aid equipment specially designed for animals.

All six pets were saved with the help of the bags and reunited with their owner.

"I am amazed, I don't know what to say, this is fantastic," said Cavuoto.

The FIDO bags are donated to fire departments throughout the United States.

There is a limited supply of the first aid bags outfitted for animals so not every fire truck carries one.

If you would like to help donate a FIDO bag to a fire department in your community, you can visit the website for the The Fetch Foundation.