Detroit Fire Department Receives PETA Award for Animal Rescue

More Than 20 Animals Pulled From Blaze in Brave Act

For Immediate Release:
December 10, 2014

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

Detroit – A house fire on Monday morning drew firefighters to the rescue of more than 20 animals at a breeder’s home who were trapped by the blaze, earning the Detroit Fire Department PETA’s Compassionate Fire Department Award. PETA will recognize the firefighters’ heroism with a framed certificate, along with PETA’s Chocolate to the Rescue vegan dark chocolate bars, a letter of appreciation, and a copy of The Engine 2 Diet, a Texas firefighter’s 28-day plan for staying in prime firefighting shape by eating plant-based meals.

“Companion animals depend on us to keep their best interests at heart, and this department’s brave act is an example of that by leaps and bounds,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA hopes the firefighters’ know-how and compassion 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,” encourages anyone with the time, willingness, ability, and resources to care for a dog or cat to adopt from a shelter, rather than contributing to the homeless-animal crisis by buying from a breeder or a pet store.

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