Firefighters Get PETA Award for Plucking Pup and Man From Floodwaters

Published by PETA.

It was the photo seen ’round the world: After McKinney, Texas, firefighters successfully retrieved a man and his dog, Duke, from rising floodwaters in November, Duke jumped up and thanked his rescuer with a big “kiss.”

At the McKinney City Council meeting, PETA presented the McKinney Fire Department with its Compassionate Fire Department Award for using its know-how, bravery, and compassion to save Duke and the man who loves him from a treacherous flood. These courageous rescuers set an example of kindness for people around the world.




PETA also sent the members of the McKinney Fire Department a box of delicious vegan cookies and a copy of The Engine 2 Diet to thank them for their actions.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind