Butte Police Officers Receive PETA Award for Rescuing Puppy Trapped Inside Pipe

First Responders Retrieve Priest's New Companion Animal From Under St. Patrick's Church

For Immediate Release:
August 10, 2015

Catie Cryar 202-483-7382

Butte, Mont. – Courtesy of PETA, a Compassionate Police Service Award is on its way to the Butte–Silver Bow Law Enforcement Department, which rushed to St. Patrick’s Church on Tuesday after a puppy named Ysolt became trapped in a 30-foot-long drain pipe just hours after arriving at her new home with the Rev. Patrick Beretta. Officers used a pole to encourage Ysolt to travel through the pipe until they were able to reach in and pull her to safety, reuniting her with the relieved and grateful priest.

“Thanks to these officers’ patience and determination, this puppy escaped her frightening ordeal and will be able to keep enjoying her new family,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA encourages caring people to take this story as inspiration 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 make sure that their yards are secure, with sturdy fencing, no potentially poisonous plants or other materials, and no open manholes or pipes. Guardians should always supervise animals when they’re outside, particularly puppies, who are still learning to navigate their environment.

The Butte–Silver Bow Law Enforcement Department will receive a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan cookies.

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