A terrier mix puppy that was rescued and resuscitated during a January house fire has recovered and found a new home, Wichita Fire Department officials reported on Wednesday. The puppy, named Ember and now five weeks old, has been in the care of the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital of Wichita (VESHW). The Hospital has decided to donate Ember to Wichita Firefighter Daniel McElroy, who worked at the fire scene on north Chautauqua.
During the house fire, which caused more than $35,000 in damages, crews removed three dogs but only Ember was revived. Fire crews utilized special oxygen masks for pets that were donated by the Invisible Fence Company. The masks have been in use for several years and make it much easier to administer life-saving oxygen to pets who have been exposed to smoke and toxic gases.
Ember was only ten days old and weighed one pound when she arrived at the VESHW. She was suffering from smoke inhalation pneumonia and responded favorably to oxygen, tube feeding and other supportive measures performed by Dr. Jan Hinshaw and other staff members. Ember has made great strides and is now an energetic and playful puppy, WFD officials said.
Ember has consistently gained weight over the last month. Initially relying on tube feeding to maintain her nutrition, Ember was eventually able to take a bottle. Over the last week she has transitioned from the bottle to gruel and canned food.