Buena Vista Police Net PETA Award for Saving Dog From House Fire

Officer Jacob Moore Ushered Couple to Safety Then Reentered Smoke-Filled Home to Save Their Beloved Dog

For Immediate Release:
April 6, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Buena Vista, Va. – A Compassionate Police Department Award is on its way from PETA to the Buena Vista Police Department after Officer Jacob Moore was the first to respond to a call about a house on fire on March 25. He arrived on the scene and ushered the homeowners to safety—and then, as the house filled with smoke, he ran back inside for their beloved dog, Zooey. He found her uninjured in an upstairs bedroom and rushed her outside, reuniting her with her relieved guardians. When the fire department arrived soon after, Moore then helped extinguish the flames.

“Thanks to Officer Moore’s unhesitating bravery, three lives were saved and a couple was reunited with their beloved canine companion,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes his courage and determination will inspire others to come to the aid of those in need.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—encourages all guardians to put a sign on their doors or windows to alert rescue workers to the presence of dogs, cats, and other companion animals. Families can order stickers from the PETA Catalog or make their own.

PETA is sending the Buena Vista Police Department a package of fire-safety stickers to distribute to the community, along with a letter of congratulations, a framed certificate, and a box of delicious vegan cookies. And Officer Moore will receive a Certificate of Appreciation.

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