Bloomington Fire Department Nabs PETA Award for Saving Dog From Icy Lake

Firefighter Rescued Dog From Freezing Water and Reunited Him With His Guardian

For Immediate Release:
March 27, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Bloomington, Minn. – A Compassionate Fire Department Award is on its way from PETA to the Bloomington Fire Department, which sprang into action on the morning of March 21 after having received word that a dog had fallen through the ice of a lake at Haeg Park. A team arrived on the scene, and as the dog struggled in the freezing water in front of his frantic guardian, one firefighter put on a cold-water suit and waded out toward the animal, who was cold but uninjured. Firefighter Robby Smith reached the dog, scooped him up, and reunited him with his guardian once they were both on solid ground.

“This brave firefighter arrived ready and willing to navigate an icy lake and pull this dog to safety,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes his kindness and swift action will inspire everyone to look out for animals in need.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—reminds all dog guardians to keep their animal companions near them on walks using a leash and a comfortable, secure harness and to keep a close eye on them whenever they’re outdoors.

The Bloomington Fire Department will receive a framed certificate, a box of delicious vegan cookies, a letter of congratulations, and a copy of The Engine 2 Diet, a Texas firefighter’s 28-day plan for staying in prime firefighting shape by eating vegan meals.

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