Dallas Police Officer Receives Award for Rushing Dog to Lifesaving Veterinary Care

PETA Calls On Caring People Everywhere to Take Action for Animals in Need

For Immediate Release:
November 18, 2014

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

Dallas – A Compassionate Action Award is on its way to Officer Albert Sanchez following news that a dog in need—Scrappy, who suffers from a condition that can cause him to asphyxiate—owes his life to the officer’s kind actions. After noticing Scrappy’s desperate guardian seemed to be driving in a panic, Sanchez quickly assessed the situation, tucked Scrappy into his police car, and escorted the dog and his guardian to a veterinary clinic, where Scrappy received lifesaving care.

“Officer Sanchez is dedicated to saving lives—both human and nonhuman—and that makes him a hero,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA hopes to see his compassion 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,” urges everyone to follow Sanchez’s example and be on the lookout for animals who need help.

Sanchez will receive a framed certificate, a letter of appreciation, and a box of vegan chocolates from PETA.

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