Daring Rescue of Colt From Ravine Nets PETA Award for First Responders

Young Animal Who Broke Pelvis and Rib Expected to Make Full Recovery

For Immediate Release:
February 25, 2016

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Fremont, Calif. – For their heroic rescue of a colt who had fallen into a ravine, Fremont firefighters from Engine 52 and Fremont Police Animal Services will receive a Compassionate Fire Department Award and a Compassionate Police Department Award, respectively. After a hiker spotted the fallen baby horse on Valentine’s Day, first responders rushed to the scene and rappelled down the steep surface to reach him. The horse, now named Valentine, was rushed to the University of California–Davis, where he is receiving treatment for a broken pelvis and rib. Fremont Police Animal Services Officer Sarah Cattaneo—who was there to help on site—has remained close to the horse’s side, visiting him frequently during his recovery.

“Thanks to these courageous first responders, this baby horse has the chance to recover in comfort and safety,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges everyone always to come to the aid of animals in need.”

Fremont firefighters from Engine 52 and Fremont Police Animal Services will each receive a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan cookies.

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