Officers Pull Unresponsive Dog From Smoke-Filled Vehicle in the Nick of Time
For Immediate Release:
January 10, 2018
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Aiken, S.C. – A Compassionate Action Award is on its way from PETA to the City of Aiken Department of Public Safety, which responded to a pickup truck on fire in a Kroger parking lot on Whiskey Road on New Year’s Day. After learning from the truck’s owner that his dog was inside the smoke-filled vehicle, officers found the 7-year-old basset hound mix, Bella, unresponsive in the backseat. They quickly administered oxygen with a K9 mask before rushing her to a veterinarian for further treatment. She is expected to recover.
“This dog was spared a horrible death because of these officers’ quick and caring actions,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is recognizing the City of Aiken Department of Public Safety for saving Bella’s life, which will hopefully inspire people everywhere to come to the aid of animals in need.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—reminds all guardians never to leave animals in parked cars, where they are unable to escape emergencies and face extreme temperatures that can be deadly.
The public safety department will receive a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan cookies.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.