DANIA BEACH, Fla. — Firefighters came to the rescue of 34 dogs Thursday night after rushing to a burning house on Southeast Park Street. A neighbour, Dennis Hartling, called the fire department after noticing the smell of smoke coming from an air conditioner inside of the house. When crew members arrived at the scene they noticed a number of unconscious dogs that had succumbed to the smoke but one by one they pulled them all out. By midnight they had rescued a total of 34 dogs.
Unfortunately one of the dogs passed away before the firefighters were able to provide it with any medical care. Nine of the other dogs were taken to Hollywood Animal Hospital, where five of them are in critical condition. While the rest received oxygen from the firefighters and were resuscitated on site. The Broward Sherriff Fire Rescue units that arrived at the scene, carry pet oxygen masks on them and have been trained in resuscitation.
No humans were injured in the fire and there was no one home at the time of the incident, which took place at 10:50 p.m. However, Hartling reveals that this is not the first time that there has been an incident at this house, which firefighters are calling a hoarder house. The city has previously taken thirty dogs off the property but the home owner has yet to be stopped entirely. It is unclear whether the homeowner will face any charges or citations for keeping too many live animals under one roof.