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Heimlich Maneuver by policeman saves Shih Tzu dog in Connecticut

Harry, the 10-year-old Shih Tzu of West Hartford, was choking on a piece of raw hide and there was nary an animal control officer to be found.
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A Shih Tzu dog waits with bands in its hair during the XVIIIth International Dog exhibition in Prague in 2009. (MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

A policeman in Connecticut went above and beyond the call of duty this week when he saved the life of a choking Shih Tzu dog by performing the Heimlich Maneuver on it, according to the local news service Patch.

Patch said West Hartford K-9 officer Tom Lazure is trained in canine first aid and was called to the scene of the stricken pooch when no animal control officer was available.

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The Hartford Courant reported yesterday that the owners of the dog, named Harry, became frantic after it began to choke on a piece of raw hide.

Named for Henry Heimlich, the famed maneuver involves the applying sudden pressure to the abdomen in order to dislodge food blocking a person’s air passageways. The version intended to be practiced on humans is described by the Heimlich Institute here.

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According to The Associated Press, Lazure was able to perform a modified Heimlich on the dog and then pull the raw hide treat out of the dog’s mouth.