DENVER
01/24/2011 08:16 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Chihuahua Saved After Colorado Springs Firefighters Administer CPR

Colorado Springs firefighters saved a victim from a burning house on Monday, using CPR to resuscitate the frightened resident from near-certain death.

This victim, however, was a Chihuahua. According to KRDO in Colorado Springs, firefighters rescued 5 dogs from a burning house on the city's south side on Monday afternoon.

The firefighter who administered the live-saving CPR told the Colorado Springs Gazette that he simply treated the dog as if it were a human victim.

"I was trained how to do CPR on humans and I figured it couldn't be that different to do it on a dog," firefighter Darren Pellett said.

Human CPR methods may have worked for Pellet, but the Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross actually does offer special courses in pet CPR.

The Colorado Springs Fire department told the Gazette that it has masks to fit over dogs' snouts for CPR, but none were brought along on this call.