California Residents Net PETA Awards for Saving Dog From Mine Shaft

Abandoned Pup Now Recuperating With Rescuer

For Immediate Release:
October 22, 2015

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Corona, Calif. – Courtesy of PETA, two Compassionate Action Awards are on the way to California residents Michael Schoepf and his friend Nick Gladden for pulling an abandoned dog from a mine shaft that they discovered while off-roading. “Someone was discarding her,” said Schoepf, who returned to the site 30 minutes later with rope. After Gladden lowered him into the shaft, the dog—now named Corona—leapt into Schoepf’s arms. Corona, who Schoepf believes was trapped in the mine shaft for at least three days, was taken to a veterinary clinic for treatment of minor injuries and is now recovering at home with Schoepf, who has decided to make her stay a permanent one. “She knows her name already,” he says. “She is a sweetheart and is doing much better. She sleeps right next to me, and she will not have it any other way.”

“This frightened dog was likely spared a lonely, agonizing death, thanks to these rescuers’ quick thinking and bravery,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes caring people everywhere will be inspired by their example and 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 keep their animal companions near them on walks with a leash and a comfortable, secure harness and to keep a close eye on them when they’re outside.

Schoepf and Gladden will each receive a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan cookies, and Schoepf will also receive some dog treats for Corona.

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