A firefighter brought a dog back from the dead after he pulled it from a burning building and revived it using "mouth to snout resuscitation".
Andrew Klein, of the Santa Monica fire department, California, found the ten-year-old bichon frise and shih tzu cross unconscious as he searched the burning flat on Tuesday, March 21.
Overcome by heat and smoke, the dog was “totally lifeless”, Mr Klein said.
“I picked him up and ran out of the apartment because time is key, especially with a small dog.”
He brought the little white dog, named Nalu, out of the building and laid him on a patch of grass.
Images posted online show the firefighter begin to resuscitate the pet before attaching an oxygen mask to Nalu.
Christina Lamirande, the dog’s owner, was tearful as she was sure Nalu was dead.
But after 20 minutes the dog began breathing on his own and regained consciousness.
In statement, Santa Monica fire department said: “After 20 minutes, the dog began breathing on its own and regained consciousness, even regaining the ability to walk around.
“With the help of caring neighbours, a local animal hospital was found and the pet was transferred for further care.”