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US firefighter saves lifeless dog with mouth-to-mouth

A US firefighter has been praised for giving a dog 20 minutes of "mouth-to-snout" resuscitation after the animal was rescued from a house fire.

The dog was overcome by the heat and smoke of the blaze in Santa Monica, California, and was unresponsive.

But firefighter Andrew Klein managed to bring 10-year-old Nalu, a Bichon Frise/Shih Tzu, "back from the dead".

Mr Klein discovered Nalu unconscious in a back bedroom after crawling on all fours into the blazing apartment

"He was totally lifeless," the firefighter told the Associated Press news agency. "I picked him up and ran out of the apartment because time is key, especially with a small dog... Failure was not an option.''

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