Boy Scouts Nab Award for Saving Dog From Icy Pond

peta2 Honors Troop 205 for Putting Lifesaving Skills to Use

For Immediate Release:
February 27, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Kalamazoo, Mich. – A Hero to Animals Award is on its way from peta2—PETA’s youth division—to the members of Boy Scout Troop 205 Kalamazoo, who were hiking on Saturday when they saw a dog run out onto a frozen pond and fall through the ice. The scouts sprang into action, running back to the campsite to grab a canoe and using two logs as improvised oars to paddle over to the dog and pull him to safety.

The dog, named Scooby, is reportedly doing well—and each member of Troop 205 will receive a framed certificate from peta2, along with a special honorary “I’m a Hero to Animals” badge.

“These young men were ready and able to put their lifesaving skills to use to save this dog from a terrifying, icy death,” says Senior Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “peta2 hopes their kindness and determination will inspire people everywhere to step in whenever an animal is in danger.”

peta2—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 animals when they’re outdoors.

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