Boise and Kuna Firefighters Receive PETA Award for Dramatic Rescue of Dog

Rescuers Rappel Down Cliff Face to Retrieve Terrified Animal

For Immediate Release:
March 4, 2015

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

Kuna, Idaho – A Compassionate Fire Department Award is on its way to Idaho, honoring the Kuna Rural Fire District and the Boise Fire Department for their bold rescue of 2-year-old Audi, a dog who fell from the ledge of a canyon and landed on the rocks far beyond her guardian’s reach. Crews sped to the scene, rappelled down the cliff face, and administered medical attention to Audi before transporting her to a veterinarian. Thanks to the quick-thinking actions of her rescuers, Audi didn’t sustain any serious injuries and is now recovering at home.

“The determination and kindness shown by the firefighters who saved this frightened dog’s life make them winners in our book,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes this will inspire others 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 dog guardians to be sure to keep their animal companions near them on walks with a comfortable, secure harness and to keep a close eye on them when they’re outside.

The Kuna Rural Fire District and the Boise Fire Department will each receive a framed certificate, a box of delicious vegan chocolates, and a copy of The Engine 2 Diet, a Texas firefighter’s 28-day plan for staying in prime firefighting shape by eating a plant-based diet.

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