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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 07:00 PM
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Dog maces entire family. No, not a pit bull.
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HAZMAT team, fire crews scramble when family sickened by 'dog toy'

This is a press release courtesy of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

On Friday, April 24, at 8:47 a.m., Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue's Hazardous Materials Team was called to a home in Tualatin following a 9-1-1 call reporting a family experiencing burning eyes, scratchy throats, and some trouble breathing, and a basement filled with a haze.

The family was advised by the 9-1-1 dispatcher to evacuate their home.

Engine/HazMat 34 from the Tualatin station arrived to find a mother, son, and grandmother outside the home. They were assessed by firefighters but did not require medical treatment or transport due to their symptoms diminishing upon exiting the home.

The crew donned breathing apparatus and turnouts and entered the home to ascertain the source of the problem. While searching the home for chemical products and other possible sources, they found a can of mace lying on the floor that had been punctured.

The family told firefighters that one of their four dogs had been acting strange just prior to their symptoms occurring.

The active ingredient in mace (or pepper spray) is Oleoresin Capsicum - a derivative of Cayenne Pepper. When sprayed it irritates the eyes, skin and lungs, and makes breathing difficult. Pepper spray canisters come in a variety of sizes and are often used for self-defense purposes. The canister involved in this incident was small about the size of a dog bone.
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