JetBlue Staff Save French Bulldog by Giving Distressed Animal Oxygen Mask

Darcy was treated for hypoxia – a lack of oxygen in the body – by her owner who held the oxygen mask over the dog’s face

Flight attendants on a JetBlue flight last week reportedly saved a French bulldog with an oxygen tank and breathing mask.

Darcy, the French bulldog owned by Steven and Michele Burt of Westminster, Mass., receives oxygen on a JetBlue flight Thursday, July 5, 2018. When the dog became distressed, Michele noticed that its tongue and gums had turned blue, a sign of lack of oxygen.

When a flight attendant "politely" told Burt that it was airline policy that the dog remain under the seat in its carrier, Burt apparently told them that Darcy 'appeared to be in medical distress'.

She held Darcy in her lap, trying to calm her. That's when the couple explained that their dog needed help.

"I believe Renaud and Diane saved a life, some may reduce the value of the life because Darcy is a canine, I do not", Burt wrote in a letter to a crew member friend, hoping she would share it on an internal message board.

The crew came to the rescue with an oxygen mask for Darcy.

"I thought perhaps she was warm and loosened the zipper on her carry-on so she could poke her face out", Mrs Burt wrote.

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"We all are affected by cabin pressure and oxygen fluctuations, human, canine and feline, etc., but the fact that the Attendants were responsive and attentive to the situation may have saved Darcy's life", a Facebook post written by Darcy's owner, Michele Burt, said.

Upset by the sudden decline in health, they asked for help from the flight attendants.

One of the dog-saving crew members, Renaud Fenster, told ABC's "Good Morning America" Monday that in his 15 years of working for an airline he has "never seen anything like this".

JetBlue released a statement to ABC News about the incident, which could have been unsafe had flight crew not reacted.

"We all want to make sure everyone has a safe and comfortable fight, including those with four legs", JetBlue said.

Darcy, normally a very obedient dog, wasn't responding to commands to lie down during the flight, which is when Burt made a decision to check on her.

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