Woman Uses CPR to Save Neighbor's Dog

Two dogs were rescued from a Hastings, MN. house fire Monday, and vets say one of those dogs owes its life to a kind hearted, resourceful neighbor. The home erupted in flames at about 11:30 a.m. Monday. The owners of the property were away at the time, but their two dogs and a rabbit were trapped alone inside.

Tara Mauch performs life saving mouth-to-snout resuscitation on a neighbor's dog after it was overcome with smoke in a house fire. (photo: West Central Tribune)

 

Firefighters responded quickly, and once the blaze was under control, they entered the building to search for survivors. Huddled in the ashes were the family’s two dogs: one of them was struggling to breathe. Sadly, the rabbit did not survive.

Neighbor Tara Mauch witnessed the rescue, and when firemen came out of the home with the gasping dog in their arms, she took over. While another bystander held the dog, Mauch used mouth-to-snout resuscitation to clear its lungs of smoke. Shortly thereafter, both dogs were transported to a local vet, who said that while mouth-to-mouth is rarely performed on animals, it likely made the difference in this case.

The dog’s grateful owner, Jean Appert, agrees, and says Mauch is a hero. “She probably saved his life,” said Appert. “I’m pretty sure she saved his life.”
Praised for her quick thinking,  Mauch was humble, and said she frequently went out of her way to rescue struggling, lost or injured animals.

“I think you should have love and compassion for all living things — and that includes neighbors,” Mauch explained. “Think of other people as if they were you and your family.”







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    April 25, 2012 10:00 amPosted 2 years ago
    Michelle

    It was in hastings, Minnesota actually. I live in Minnesota

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    April 25, 2012 10:04 amPosted 2 years ago
    Ann

    Compassion for all things, all living things, what a beautiful thing to have! Yes and yes!!! Love that

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    April 25, 2012 10:04 amPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Thanks Michelle Ooley – we caught it on the site and corrected, but this slipped through the cracks. ;)

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    April 25, 2012 10:08 amPosted 2 years ago
    Michelle

    You’re welcome! What an awesome story and thanks for posting.

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    April 25, 2012 10:11 amPosted 2 years ago
    Michele

    Awesome! Bless her!!!

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    April 25, 2012 10:14 amPosted 2 years ago
    Heidi

    Yes, Michelle is right, Hastings Minnesota! Great story!!

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    April 25, 2012 10:25 amPosted 2 years ago
    Joann

    Angels are among us!

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  • April 25, 2012 10:29 amPosted 2 years ago
    Sandy

    Wise words.

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  • April 25, 2012 10:33 amPosted 2 years ago
    Shruthi

    May God bless her!

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    April 25, 2012 10:35 amPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Wonderful article and such a wonderful skill to learn! I’ve learned CPR, but to understand how to use that for your dog is so undershared!

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  • April 25, 2012 10:35 amPosted 2 years ago
    Tamara

    good for her

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  • April 25, 2012 10:47 amPosted 2 years ago
    Maureen

    More people are needed like this in the world!

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    April 25, 2012 10:48 amPosted 2 years ago
    Amber

    I once used CPR to save a man’s life. Shortly thereafter, I learned how to do it on dogs. You just never know when it will be needed!

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  • April 25, 2012 11:06 amPosted 2 years ago
    Marsha

    Thank YOU Ms. Mauch!!!

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    April 25, 2012 11:25 amPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Taura you are a true hero!

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  • April 25, 2012 11:30 amPosted 2 years ago
    Julie

    Thank you for being a hero and doing something so brave!

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    April 25, 2012 11:59 amPosted 2 years ago
    Sandy

    We all need to know how to perform animal CPR, how loving Ms. Mauch is to all four legged friends, (family)

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    April 25, 2012 12:18 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Brooke

    I recently had to do the doggie heimlich on my Pomeranian when he started choking on a treat. I think trainers should take time to teach these skills in obedience classes so more people know what to do when these things happen.

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  • April 25, 2012 12:23 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sally-Jo

    We need a zillion more people like her.

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    April 25, 2012 12:55 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cheryl

    Tara – you are one fine example of what all human beings should be. I’d be proud to call you my neighbor and my friend…bless you.

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  • April 25, 2012 1:32 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Rose

    I think she did a wonderful thing for someone elses dog. I tried this once with my own dog but unfortunately the vet said her neck was broken.

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    April 27, 2012 5:37 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Joni Liljedahl

    What happened to the video? I have been showing it to friends and family members, since Tara is my Niece. Is it possible to get a copy of the video sent to my e-mail address?

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