Firefighters save Chihuahua pup with CPR

Firefighters save Chihuahua pup with CPR


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Two Brisbane firefighters have rescued a Chihuahua pup after it got stuck in a reclining lounge.

Two Brisbane firefighters have rescued a Chihuahua pup after it got stuck in a reclining lounge.

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Raven is doing well after her brush with death.

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Brute force and the delicate touch of two Brisbane firefighters saved a Chihuahua pup from certain death after it got stuck in a reclining lounge.

The drama began about 8pm on Tuesday when fire station officer Keith Hanson received a call from Raven's panicked owner Tyson Schuman.

Mr Schuman was settling in for a night in front of the TV and had no idea Raven was snuffling around inside the frame of his reclining lounge.

"We found the lounge upturned. What we could see was a lifeless puppy hanging from the inside of the chair ... the neck was absolutely crushed," Mr Hanson told ABC radio.

The firefighters used spanners, shifters and "a bit of brute force" to gently prise the puppy from the frame.

Mr Hanson raised the floppy pup to his ear and heard the faintest puff of breath.

"So we started to do CPR."

Using just one finger, Mr Hanson's colleague massaged the pup's heart, as if it was a very small child. Next came the oxygen tube.

An eye flickered. The pup gurgled. And with permission from the boss, the two firies soon had Raven in their truck on a mercy dash to a 24-hour vet nearby.

As the truck bumped the curb outside the vet, it gave Raven the final jolt she needed.

"Miraculously the dog literally jumped up, just from that last jolt. We were very surprised and very happy," Mr Hanson said.

Mr Schuman told AAP Raven was doing well and was expected to come home on Wednesday afternoon.

"I can't believe it," he said of his pooch's remarkable recovery.

Australian Associated Press

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