North Reading Police save choking puppy

Cheryl Sanders
March 7, 2018

WCVB reported that the police officers were captured on video surveillance examining Megan Vitale's 9-week-old Saint Bernard who was "not breathing, limp and unresponsive", according to officials.

One officer can then be seen using a version of the Heimlich Maneuver on the puppy.

Police and firefighters in MA teamed up to save a choking puppy and the act was all caught on camera. Moments later, members of the fire department, who were stationed in the same building, rushed over to help the puppy.

"I hope I'm doing this right, '" Officer Jorge Hernandez told the station.

With a series of blows to his back and chest compressions, the officers managed to dislodge the what was stuck his throat. Over the past few years, the firefighters have received specialized training in how to respond to emergencies involving pets.

"Ultimately, a life was saved thanks to rescuers falling back on their training and remaining calm. Even though we are not faced with this kind of incident every day, the officers reacted just as they would in any emergency situation", Police Chief Michael P. Murphy said in a press release.

The puppy is now recovering at a local vet, reports said.

The puppy, named Bodhi, left with its owner and was taken to a veterinarian for treatment, police said.

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