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Southfield — Sometimes a dog’s best friend is the dog catcher.

Just ask Valentino, a pooch who was rescued out of a burning home on Sutherland on Wednesday. The 11-year-old terrier mix was turned over to Animal Control Officer Robert White who had responded to the scene.

Valentino seemed to be doing fine when White arrived but while on the way to a veterinary office, the dog stopped breathing and collapsed.

White pulled his vehicle over and performed a little CPR — canine pulmonary resuscitation — on the dog, which began breathing on his own after a little mouth to snout huffing and huffing.

Once at the veterinary hospital, Valentino was secured in an oxygen chamber.

According to the Southfield Police Department, Valentino is doing well and expects to go home today.

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