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Western MA pet owners learn first aid for their animals

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A group of pet lovers from Western Massachusetts spent Sunday learning some life-saving skills, as the Dakin Humane Society presented a pet first-aid and CPR workshop.

Attendees learned how to respond to a dog or cat that may experience bleeding, choking, heat stroke or injury.

Both the attendees and the instructor said it is important to help their animals whenever it is needed.

"That was frightening, when they have a health scare and you don't know what to do," said Karen Spinelli, who owns two dogs in Agawam. "So when we saw this class come up, we thought it would be the perfect chance to educate ourselves."

"Part of the problem is that after hours, trying to get to an emergency center, it may be an hour away," said Jim Helems, the class trainer. "So what can we do to save our pets before that happens?"

Upon completion of Sunday's course, attendees received a pet saver handbook.

Enrollment was limited to 20 people and cost $65 per person.

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