SCAGGSVILLE, Md. - The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services honored four firefighters for helping to save the lives of dogs that were left in the back of a truck over the summer.
At about 3 p.m. July 22, firefighters responded to the northbound I-95 rest area for reports of dogs locked in the back of a truck. There, they found 15-20 dogs that appeared to be in severe distress. Those on the scene utilized a Decon 13 to assist with their rescue effort.
This piece of apparatus is a hazardous materials decontamination unit that was recently outfitted with misting fans and large cooling fans for the heat wave. With the assistance of Animal Control, the crews rescued the dogs, one of which had to be transported to an emergency veterinarian.
Fire officials said two dogs are currently at a shelter, five have been adopted, 10 were euthanized and 1 died at the scene. A North Carolina Couple has been charged with 15 counts of animal cruelty.
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