Daytona Beach Police Nab PETA Award for Saving Freezing Dog

Puppy Found Shivering Under Seabreeze Bridge in Bitter Weather Is Rescued and Adopted

For Immediate Release:
February 14, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Daytona Beach, Fla. – A Compassionate Police Department Award is on its way from PETA to the Daytona Beach Police Department, which sprang into action on the frigid morning of January 18 after receiving a call from a concerned citizen who had spotted a puppy shivering under Seabreeze Bridge. Two officers reported to the scene and found the soaking-wet puppy, now named River, just in time—they believe that she had been dumped there and was close to freezing to death. The officers wrapped River in towels to warm her up before taking her to a local humane society to recover—and just a couple of weeks later, the pup was adopted by Daytona Beach Police Officer Kera Cantrell. Video footage is available here.

“These kindhearted officers saved this freezing puppy from a terrifying situation, got her the help she needed, and then gave her a safe and loving home,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes this story will inspire others to come to the aid of animals in distress, especially during the dangerous winter months.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—is sending the Daytona Beach Police Department a framed certificate, a box of delicious vegan cookies, and a letter of congratulations.

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