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One dog dies, six rescued in Clearwater fire


Published:   |   Updated: May 15, 2013 at 01:47 PM

A puppy died and another dog required medical attention due to a fire this morning at a Clearwater duplex, authorities said.

Firefighters were called at 7:11 a.m. and found the home at 517 N. Saturn Ave. filled with smoke, Clearwater Fire and Rescue said.

No one was home but there were seven dogs - two adults and five puppies - in the home, authorities said. The puppies were 5 to 6 months old.

One of the puppies succumbed to smoke inhalation, the agency said. Attempts by emergency workers to resuscitate the puppy were unsuccessful.

An adult female dog was unconscious and in respiratory distress. Emergency workers resuscitated the dog using pet oxygen equipment carried by Clearwater Fire and Rescue vehicles.

A male dog appeared unharmed, and the other four puppies had minor burns and smoke inhalation, the agency said. None required on-scene treatment.

The dogs were taken for veterinary care to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the agency said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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