Bulldog recovering after heat stroke
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Surveillance video has been released as rescuers tried to save a dog who was suffering from heat stroke.
The 110-pound American Bulldog was found collapsed Tuesday, outside To the Moon Market on Wilton Manors. Antonio Dumas who helped save the dog, along with other Good Samaritans, said a man seen on surveillance video, was walking the dog while he was riding his bicycle, but the heat was too much for the dog.
Dumas carried the dog inside the market and immediately put wet towels over him to cool him down. "I called the fire department and then I ran around the corner to the fire house and within one minute they were here giving him IV and oxygen," he said.
Surveillance video shows the dog being lifted in a stretcher. Paramedics then transported him by ambulance to Imperial Point Animal Hospital on Commercial Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. "The paramedics were able to get an IV catheter in for fluids, which is a huge importance in trying to fix this," said Veterinarian Dr. Joshua Storm.
Dumas said paramedics did everything they can to save the Bulldog. "The paramedics did everything great. They called the chief. The chief then gave them the OK to transport him to the van," said Dumas.
Doctors acted fast to bring his temperature down and stabilize him. "He's tired, but he's been a great boy," said Storm.
Storm said the dog was saved because of all the people who were concerned and willing to help him. "I have never experienced it before, but I am very happy that they were able to save this dog's life, and they did everything that was in their power to save him," said Storm.
The dog was found without a tag or microchip, but because of his remarkable strength, vets gave him the nickname of Popeye.
Popeye's medical expenses are being covered by donations. If you would like to contribute and help with his medical expenses: http://apps.facebook.com/causes/cause_invitations/new?cause_id=621597
Popeye remains in critical condition and will stay at the clinic until he is stabilized.
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