The Kennewick Fire Department is asking people to secure their pets during emergencies after a firefighter was bitten by a small dog in a recent incident.
The dog was hiding in a corner of the home and ran out and bit the firefighter, who had to seek medical treatment, a news release said. The dog was not harmed.
"Even friendly pets can become confused and frightened when their owners are in trouble or when strangers enter their space," the department said. "Many times pets can become aggressive and protective and can also pose a tripping hazard when rescuers are attempting to carry or move an injured patient."
The department asks that pets be secured in a separate room when rescuers are responding to medical emergencies and to inform the 911 dispatcher of the presence of a dog so firefighters and paramedics will be aware and take appropriate precautions.
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