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Posted at 6:58 AM ET, 07/15/2010

Md. medics rush to give aid -- to a dog

By Mike McPhate
dog
Peluche gets treatement. (Courtesy of Prince George’s Fire/EMS)

Peluche was no match for the pit bull. In a violent clash last week, the floppy-eared Cocker Spaniel was left with chomped front and rear paws and an uncontrollably bleeding leg.

A Prince George’s County police officer responding to the scene in Riverdale early Friday didn’t like the 3-year-old dog’s odds. Worried that animal control officers might not be able to get there in time, the officer reached out to the county’s fire and emergency department.

Three county medics rushed to the home and were able to stem the bleeding and dress the animal’s wounds. Peluche later underwent surgery and “was doing fine,” the fire department said in a statement.

The fire department said it’s uncommon for its medics to tend to injured animals, but it will do so on a case-by-case basis. “Personnel understand the importance of pets to families,” the department said.

-- Mike McPhate

By Mike McPhate  | July 15, 2010; 6:58 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Comments

Good for them. Good job.

Posted by: jckdoors | July 15, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

This article warms my heart. Thank you so much to the officer and the medic. I am also so happy this pup pup is recovering.

Posted by: DCer10 | July 15, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Finally some good news!

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | July 15, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Poor little guy. Thanks to the FD medics :)) A GREAT deed for the day!

Posted by: ms1234 | July 15, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

This police officer deserves a medal for taking quick action to help Peluche! He or she is a true hero. The fire department and emergency services are also to be commended for saving yet another life. People in these difficult jobs are super heroes everyday, and I can't sing their praises enough--both for the people and animals who are touched and saved by their efforts. Love, love, love to all involved!

Posted by: TLC2010 | July 16, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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