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LOFD personnel helped save a dog who got his leg stuck in the springs of a large outdoor trampoline

COURTESY PHOTO - Kaya Masciocchi and her dog, DJ.Kaya Masciocchi, 12, was jumping on her large trampoline with her friends when her fun day off school on Martin Luther King Jr. Day immediately took a turn.

The trouble began when they brought her three-year-old labrador pitbull mix, DJ, onto the trampoline.

"We started jumping for a while and one of my friends tried to get off while my dog was trying to get off at the same time," Masciocchi said.

Her dog's foot got stuck in the springs.

"We tried getting her out but we couldn't help without her biting us," Masciocchi said. "I was very scared because I thought it had pierced her skin and I didnt want to lose my best friend so I kind of panicked."

But thankfully, emergency personnel responded and the Lake Oswego Fire Department was able to cut the netting around the spring and spread the springs apart wide enough to remove the dog's foot from the metal safety.

DJ limped for a couple hours, but was fine, Masciocchi told The Review.

"I felt very thankful because DJ's been with me since I was 9 years old," Masciocchi said.

Nate Sigler with the LOFD said the fire department doesn't receive a lot of calls about dogs on trampolines, but he's been on about half a dozen animal rescue calls.

"Most animals have that panic when they get in a situation they can't fix," Sigler said. "This poor little guy was trying to gnaw on his leg because he was trying to unhook himself from the trampoline."

Sigler added that the sooner people can call the fire department about similar situations, the better.

Sigler said it was great to see the dog rescued safely and that the LOFD helped make a difference in Masciocchi's life.

"The little guy took off running around. He was wagging his tail and excited ... Obviously that always feels great," Sigler said. "It's one of those feel good calls."

So on Jan. 30, Masciocchi made 20 bags of kettle corn and delivered it to the fire department to say "thank you."

"I just want to say thank you to them again because my dog is everything to me," said Masciocchi, adding that whoever saves her best friend deserves all the thanks they can get.

And since Masciocchi essentially operates her own kettle corn business, she saw it fitting to provide the fire fighters with a treat that means a lot to her.

Her father's friend sells kettle corn at the Lake Oswego Farmers' Market and after helping him, Masciocchi said she realized how fun it was and started making and selling her own at fairs and to family members. The money goes toward gifts for family and friends, and toward her college savings.

"My daughter handled this really well," said Masciocchi's father, Patrick. "I think she handled it better than I did.

Patrick said his family moved to Lake Oswego from California and said he would never have experienced this level of attention and care from the fire department in California.

"I'm blown away by the response of the fire department," said Patrick, adding that they were so considerate and caring with something that was a big deal to him and his family.


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