Carlsbad and Oceanside Firefighters Receive PETA Award for Dog Rescue

Rescuers Deploy Jaws of Life to Free Canine From Between Steel Containers

For Immediate Release:
March 11, 2015

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

Oceanside, Calif.Compassionate Fire Department awards are on their way to San Diego County to honor the City of Carlsbad Fire Department and the Oceanside Fire Department for rescuing Spike, a dog who became wedged between two large storage containers while playing with children at a playground. First responders rushed to the scene and used the Jaws of Life to pry the containers apart—allowing Spike to be reunited with his family.

“San Diego County residents are lucky to have compassionate first responders ready to rush to the aid of people and animals,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes their quick thinking and determination 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 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.

The fire departments 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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