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Brave Animal Defender Honored

Written by PETA | February 2, 2010

We’re saddened to report that a dear friend to both animals and PETA, Cynthia Long, recently passed away after what appears to have been a terrible, tragic accident.

Cynthia and her lifelong friend were returning from a gardening class when they drove past a cat who was stuck on a median, too frightened to cross in front of traffic. Knowing that the cat desperately needed help, they exited the interstate and turned the car around. Cynthia emerged from the car but as she tried to cross the passing lane, she was struck by another motorist. She died at the scene and investigators believe that both the glare from the setting sun and a bend in the road impaired the other driver’s ability to see Cynthia until it was too late.

State Trooper Kurt Wagenbach told the Brattleboro Reformer “She was trying to do something out of the goodness of her heart, and it had tragic consequences.” Another officer noted that, although the police have received calls about the cat, the animal has not yet been found.

Our deepest condolences go out to Cynthia’s family and friends, and for her unwavering determination to help animals, we’re honoring her posthumously with PETA’s Compassionate Citizen Award. We’re also adding a leaf in her name to our “Tree of Life“, believing that her commitment to animal protection will inspire other people to always take action to help them, too.


Tree of Life


Written by Karin Bennett

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  • TUcker says:

    WOW! People like Cynthia DO NOT nedd to die It is the M.F. who do the things they do to anmimals that need to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Imyself like alot of others and Cynthia would do ANYTHING FOR ANIMALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TO Cynthias Family She is up there with all the Animals that have passed on as well and they are having one big partay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Debbie Schuette says:

    God bless this wonderful brave lady. God has a special place for heros in heaven. I will pray for her family.

  • Mary Stitch says:

    Ms. Long truly was an ANGEL on earth…God bless her for her courage…yes courage. She had to know that trying to rescue the poor cat was dangerous. She was an intelligent woman. But her thoughts were not of herself…but of a creature she thought was worthy of taking the risk to come to its aid. I want to make it clear that I’m NOT implying in any way…that she had a death wish. Far from it! It’s people who understand the value of life that take the chance of helping others try to continue their lives….whether it’s people or other living souls in this world. I wish their were more people like her in it…. Such a loss…

  • Jane says:

    Cynthia must have been a wonderful person and her loss is a loss for mankind and the animal kingdom alike. Bless her heart and to her family and friends I’m so sorry.

  • Anne says:

    God’s Mercy will keep this young lady whose premature death takes a way from all of us who defend animals in general as she wont be able to be an Angel of Mercy on our Earth…so sorry. Anne

  • Misty says:

    I also suffered major injuries when a cat became entangled in my satellite cables. I fell 2 stories onto cement breaking my left hip 3 ribs and dislocating my left shoulder..however I escaped with my life where this beautiful soul did not. RIP love and god bless you o

  • Rad_Rosa89 says:

    This is a very sad thing to have happened to such a beautiful person with such a big heart. May her sould rest in peace and hopefully others will see this and do the same as she did and help animals out whenever they can.

  • Susan t says:

    May God comfort her family. Thank you PETA for bringing this to our attention and for recognizing her. Any selfless caring act is to be celebrated. I am so sorry that she lost her life in the process. May she forever be at peace.

  • sandra bell says:

    To “Lesson Learned” How judgmental of you! Have you ever called Animal Control in an emergency? Good luck! In most cases there is not time to wait hours. I’ll help you with the word “insipid”. Latin “in” meaning “not” + “sipidus” meaning “tasty”. It means vapid weak tasteless uninteresting colorless. CYNTHIA WAS IS ANYTHING BUT THOSE THINGS. She saw a being in distress and did what she had to. I would do the same and have. We’re living in a mortal earthly dream anyway. Cynthia has awakened in eternal Paradise which is inhabited with mostly animals which I’m sure suits Cynthia just fine. I hope to be there with her when my time comes.

  • Aaron says:

    Lesson learned.. Call the authorities. Wait for animal control. If they don’t come fast enough call again. Don’t put yourself in senseless danger that is insipid.

  • Sandra Conti says:

    This is such a sad story. This woman is an honor to society and there should be more people like her in this mean world. May she rest in peace my prayers go out to her family and I’m sure she was loved and will never be forgotten for her bravery in trying to save an animal in need!

  • Kath Hewitt says:

    God bless Cynthia. I believe that if you could have chosen .. it would have been this way helping a helpless and innocent soul. My condolences to your family they must be so proud of you.

  • NT says:

    Cynthia you showed the world what compassion really is. No doubt you are now in Heaven!!!!

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Very sad. I’m sure a person so driven to help others has helped many in her life. Rest in peace Cynthia.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    All of Cynthia’s good deeds on earth will be rewarded in paradise.

  • Aneliese says:

    Rest in peace Cynthia. What an amazing kind person.

  • Carla* says:

    Oh my goodness that is so sad. All I know is that there is a very special place in heaven for you Cynthia!! You died doing what you felt compassionate about and you will be sadly missed and forever loved. God bless your family and peace to you for eternity!! Ditto Poppy.

  • Jade says:

    I’m sorry for her loss but the interstate is dangerous for both man and beast. Care also must be taken to cross these roads and they shouldn’t have passing lanes where curves are.

  • Poppy says:

    What a sad loss. But what an inspiration to everyone! We have a word for people who risk their own safety to help others heroes.