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Fire Department Digs Deep to Rescue Pup

Written by PETA | February 26, 2009
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Well, be still my heart—kind-hearted firefighters have struck again!

The Gulfport Fire Department in Mississippi has received a PETA Compassionate Fire Department Award for its efforts in rescuing a dog who was trapped 16 feet underground. A crew working on a gas line heard Pepper’s muffled barks and wasted no time in raising the alarm. The fire department and Gulfport Animal Control found the stuck pup in a small drainage pipe desperately holding her head only inches above the gushing water. Rescuers looped a catchpole over her head and lifted her to safety.

Ah, shucks—who needs Lassie when we’ve got firefighters? Share some love with our heroes by commenting below.

Written by Jennifer Cierlitsky

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  • Richard says:

    It is an incredible feeling to read about stories of human heroism of animals instead of seeing and reading all the bad negative things that the unfortunate cruel world creates towards these creatures. Nice to know that there are other humanbeings that share the love. Kudos to all you folks!!!!

  • Margaret says:

    Thank you Gulfport Fire Department for saving the Poor Pup! Bless you guys! May God give you good blessings for saving one beloved life.

  • raylene says:

    firefighters are probably the most caring out of the most rescue men thats why we women love our firefighter cause there brave and they dont give up

  • Valerie says:

    Thank You Big Boys!!!! You Are Loved!!!

  • Alan says:

    YES!!! Great job guys !! You don’t get the appreciation you deserve so “WELL DONE”.

  • Saucy says:

    Firemen………….. I just love firemen! They are so brave and strong. They look so rugged and handsome in all that gear climbing up the stairs to save you. God I just love firemen. God Bless you guys for all that you do. I just read the other day about a fireman that turned his whole stationhouse veg. He even wrote a cook book and they all love it. It seems they were concerned about cholestrol and all those other pesky ailments that afflict us as we climb that latter of life. They all saw significant drops in their numbers and decided to stay with the program. That book is definately on my gift list for all the men in my life. Great work guys! RRRRRRRRuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuffff.

  • Miranda says:

    I love reading stories like this!! Thank you to all involved in this story for giving life a chance!!

  • Kris says:

    Absolutely WONDERFUL!!! While some people throw away lives it’s encouraging to know there are people out there who work for good not just for people but pets too! Firemen ROCK! Thanks to the crew who made the call too! Quick thinking!

  • Heabie says:

    It’s inspiring to know that people care about the life of an animal. I know that sometimes people like us who are compassionate feel alone in a world full of so much cruelty. This is a light in the dark letting us know that we are not alone in our fight.

  • Trish says:

    I work for a dispatch agency in which our police officers as well as firefighters have often gone the extra mile to save a dog or cat whose life was in jeopardy. Being on the other side of the call we sometimes feel we don’t do enough to help but we send our officers and firefighters and they always come through!

  • Arizona Thorson says:

    Thank you so much! its makes me want to cry to know that people still care about animals and will help them.I won’t lose hope with firefighters like you!

  • roxanen says:

    yes firefighter are the best. thanks for saving the pup. you rule

  • Brien Comerford says:

    In Chicago the police and firemen frequently rescue cats dogs and other helpless creatures from perilous situations. Plaudits for all animal rescuers.

  • Lori says:

    Thank You!!!!!!!

  • Sarah says:

    Thanks Gulfport Fire Department!!! You’re AMAZING!! And a special thanks to the crew who did not ignore the barking in the first place!!

  • Tamra says:

    I just read where a owner of a pit bull drug her pet behind her truckI read it on Kinship Circle’s Blog Pit bull named Bluebells. This was the saddest story.They should put that owner in jail and she should never be allowed to own another pet. I am glad that they are some nice people in this world that cares about animals.Animals are helpless. They are on this earth to be loved not abused!!!

  • Tamra says:

    Thanks for saving this beautiful dog.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    I think one must have a certain type of character to be effective in certain types of jobs such as firefighter EMT etc. Gulfport is lucky to have these people in their fire department.

  • Michael Essi says:

    You firefighters rock! Thank you for being as considerate towards an animal’s life as you would a humans. My hats off to all involved!

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