Clackamas County Rescuers Receive PETA Award for Saving Dog From River

For Immediate Release:
May 14, 2014

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Sandy, Ore. – A 2-year-old dog named Mazy jumped off a pontoon boat into the Sandy River in Dodge Park on Monday morning. Although she managed to swim to the base of a cliff, her panicked guardian was unable to navigate the strong currents to reach her—and that’s when deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit sprang into action, using a ladder, a rappel line, and a boat to retrieve Mazy from the water and reunite her with her guardian.

For the deputies’ extraordinary efforts, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit will receive a Compassionate Action Award from PETA.

“Thanks to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Mazy was saved from her frightening and potentially fatal ordeal,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA hopes the deputies’ kindness and tenacity will inspire others to stop and help animals in need—and that Mazy’s escape will remind all dog guardians to keep an eye on their furry friends.”

PETA reminds all dog guardians to keep dogs on a comfortable and secure harness and leash when they’re outside—particularly in potentially hazardous situations such as on a boat—and not to leave them unattended.

The deputies will receive a framed certificate, a letter of congratulations, and a box of delicious vegan cookies.

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