Here's another article on the same from a different news station.
School Expels Life-Saving Service Dog
"These dogs are actually doing a job and doing a service and if they are actually doing that and there is no safety concern that dog is welcome because it is a tool that is helping us stay focused on student learning," Veronica Sopher, Executive Director of Community Relations for Leander Independent School District, said.
Polly went to work at Leander High detecting at least 30 potentially life-threatening seizures during the fall of 2010.
On two dozen other occasions when staff members assigned to Cody detected a seizure, Polly responded with restorative face licking. That's important, says Cody's Mom, for one very critical medical reason.
"When you are having a seizure, you can't start CPR. Polly can still lick him in the face until he starts breathing," McCowen said.
I don't think this makes a whole lot of sense from a medical point of view.
First, when a person is not breathing, you start rescue breathing - meaning you open the airway and administer air. While this is a part of CPR
, rescue breathing and CPR are not the same thing. You do not do CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) unless someone has no heartbeat
. If someone is not breathing but does
have a heartbeat, you do rescue breathing, not CPR
The dog licking the boy's face does not administer air to the boy in any way. That's like saying, if someone is not breathing and you throw cold water over them, they will start breathing again. No, they won't. If they're not breathing, they need to be supplied with oxygen until they start breathing again on their own or you will end up doing CPR because that heart is going to stop. A dog licking your face does not administer oxygen.
Leander ISD’s perception of Polly began changing by Spring 2010. According to incident reports obtained by FOX 26 News:
- Polly snapped at a student who suddenly ran toward Cody in PE class, bruising the classmate's thigh.
- Polly scratched another student in the abdomen a month later.
Neither contact drew blood. In both cases, aides assigned to work with Cody and Polly, were reportedly out of position.