|And the reasons are very clear: These masks offer a better seal around the animal`s snout increasing the chance of survival, firefighters say. They are hooked to a tank that provides oxygen while firefighters lead the animal to safety.
Smiths Medical Veterinary Division, the manufacturer of the masks, has sold more masks in the past year than in the last 15 years due to the increased interest, according to The Kansas City Star.
Funding for the masks comes from humane agencies and private donations.
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