Richfield Police Department posted body camera video from an officer who responded to a house fire on Thursday afternoon that proved deadly for multiple dogs, though rescue efforts helped save the life of one dog that was suffering from smoke inhalation.
Permission to post the video online was granted by the family affected by the fire on the 7600 block of Nicollet Ave., with Richfield PD announcing that "officers arrived and immediately began assisting the resident in trying to save numerous pets still inside the home."
"Although emergency personnel provided CPR and oxygen, numerous pets succumbed to smoke inhalation and did not survive," the department said. Tragically, all but one of the family's pets died.
The video shows multiple animals being removed from the home, including Dot, an Alaskan Malamute who was provided oxygen before being placed in the back of an officer's squad car and rushed to a local veterinarian. Dot survived, though she had to spend the night in the emergency room.
Warning: Video contains graphic content.
A GoFundMe for the family, identified as Jerred and Sara Kincaid, has already raised more than $16,000. The money will help cover damages from the fire and a vet bill of more than $2,100.
"Many of our officers have a strong passion for animals – we were humbled and honored to help this family in need," Richfield PD said.
The cause of the fire has not been announced.