ARLINGTON, Texas (CNN/WFAA) - Cell phone video shows firefighters in Texas carrying out a dramatic rescue, battling to save the life of a blaze victim: a beloved family pet.
As three firefighters sprayed down one side of a wall, around the corner came Leah -- limp, but in hands with the power to heal. Rescuers rushed out behind her.
And if there was not a happy ending, the desperate attempt to save this dog's life would be too difficult to watch.
"They went through five bottles of oxygen on her, probably three- to four breathing treatments, the same treatment we administer to humans," said Arlington Fire Department spokesman Lt. Kevin Seeton.
They pet her. She panted. They coaxed her to come back.
"I poked her in the eye, and she blinked," said Seeton.
After about an hour of hard work and oxygen administered by specially-designed masks, Leah raised her head, and firefighters smiled.
"It's a great feeling to see these big, burly firefighters all gathered around working on a small dog, trying to get it back to life," said Seeton.
Arlington put pet oxygen masks on each battalion chief's car and on every ladder truck -- which means they are at every fire, including the one that broke out at Leah's home when her owner was out of town.
"There's a good chance that a human wouldn't have made it out of this fire," said Seeton.
The story's ending isn't all happy: The family cat did not survive. That broke the firefighters' hearts, but Leah eased that hurt.
Leah was taken to a vet for a checkup. Fire officials said she's expected to be just fine.
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