A horse was the latest animal to receive oxygen via a life-saving pet oxygen mask in Romney Marsh today, (Sunday 3 July).
Two animals were in a horse box being towed by a Mercedes when it was involved in a collision with a Citroen. Firefighters were alerted to the crash in Dymchurch Road at 2.41pm and arrived within eight minutes of receiving the 999 call.
Lydd Watch Manager, Russ Harrison who attended the incident said: “The Citroen was on its side with the driver stuck in the car but members of the public had managed to roll it back on all four wheels and help the driver out. Meanwhile someone else had cut the trailer ties to free the horses.
“The driver of the Citroen was initially treated by an off-duty Kent Fire and Rescue Service firefighter prior to our arrival. We then gave him oxygen and first aid and handed him into the care of the ambulance service. The two occupants of the Mercedes had managed to get themselves out of their vehicle.
“Both horses were visibly shaken; one had lots of little cuts but was quite alert, the second looked in a worse condition with broken teeth, cuts to the front jaw and it was bleeding from its mouth and nose. We administered oxygen therapy until the vet arrived and were told it was the best thing we could’ve done for the animal.”
The specially designed pet oxygen masks were provided for Lydd fire station earlier this year by Dungeness Power Station through a donation to not-for profit organisation Smokey Paws.
Two dogs were also in the Mercedes but fortunately they were unharmed and were given water by firefighters.
The crew remained at the incident for another 45 minutes assisting the vet set up a drip, while the horses were assessed and treated.
Smokey Paws is actively encouraging members of the public or Kent and Medway businesses to make donations so that these specially designed masks, can be available on every fire engine in the county. A full set of oxygen masks cost £90, but every penny counts towards saving pets and animals. For more information or to donate via their website or phone.