A group of firefighters has heroically saved four tiny Labrador puppies from a shed fire and revived them using oxygen masks.

The fire brigade was called to a blaze on Freer Road, Aston, Birmingham, at around 9am on Wednesday.

Four pups were saved from a burning shed moments before it was completely engulfed in flames.

Pictures taken by West Midlands Fire Service show the miracle mutts being given oxygen therapy by a firefighter.

The fire service tweeted: "Crews are in attendance at Freer Road in Aston at reports of a shed fire.

"Crews have rescued four puppies who are currently receiving oxygen therapy.

Aston Fire Station commented: "Four Labrador puppies rescued by Aston Fire Station and Perry Barr Fire Station from shed fire. All puppies are safe and well."

Twitter users were quick to express their joy at the news, with one saying: “This made my day today.”

Another wrote: “Poor puppies hope they survive. Well done lads.”

Others questioned why the dogs were in the shed in the first place, with one tweeting: “Why were they in a shed in the cold and damp and where is their mother?”

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A second added: “Poor puppies. Hope they’re ok. But why are puppies in a shed.”

Earlier this week, a new report exposed a barbaric dog breeding facility in the US, where hundreds of puppies died from “unknown causes” in a matter of months.

Investigators uncovered dozens of shocking animal welfare violations at a beagle-breeding venue in Virginia during the unannounced inspections in the summer.

It was reported that some dogs were left in kennels reeking with faeces and urine as well as being made to eat out of self-feeders that were riddled with flies, beetles and ants.

The report found that more than 500 pooches who were kept inside the venue experienced “discomfort, lethargy or stress” because the temperature sizzled above 30C for at least five hours.

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