HAGERSTOWN — A western Maryland woman whose beloved dogs died in a house fire has raised enough money to buy pet oxygen masks for 21 Washington County fire companies.
Ranee Baker’s two basenjis, Kylie and Cricket, died of smoke inhalation after a fire at her Hagerstown home in 2012.
The death of her dogs inspired the 44-year-old Baker to do what should could to prevent other pets from dying. In less than two weeks, Baker raised $2,600, enough to buy pet masks for the 21 county fire companies that didn’t have them.
The Herald-Mail reports that Baker delivered the first of the $75 masks to the Hagerstown Fire Department on Thursday. She plans to get the rest of them to the other departments by the end of the weekend.