Detroit Kids Receive PETA Awards for Helping Abandoned Dog

Four Boys Came to Aid of Dog Tied to Vacant Building and Got Her to a Rescue Group

For Immediate Release:
March 31, 2016

Sophia Charchuck 202-483-7382

Detroit – On Friday, four Detroit kids sprang into action to help a dog they had found tied, alone and abandoned, to the back of a vacant building. The kids freed the dog, fed her, named her Sparkle, and took care of her until a local rescue group could take over.

In thanks for their compassionate actions, Andrew Daniels (7), Kevin Dancy (7), Kenneth Dancy (11), and Kenny Dancy (13) will receive framed Hero to Animals awards from peta2, PETA’s youth division. All four boys will be featured on

“These kids prove that there’s no minimum age for being a hero and practicing lifesaving kindness to animals,” says peta2 Senior Director Marta Holmberg. “peta2 points to their compassionate actions as an example for people of all ages to follow when it comes to speaking up and taking action whenever an animal is in danger.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—stresses the importance of always keeping animals indoors with the rest of the family, never leaving them chained outdoors to suffer alone in all weather extremes, and never abandoning them to fend for themselves to starve, freeze, be hit by cars, or be hurt by cruel people. PETA also urges everyone to report cruelty to animals to local law enforcement or to PETA directly at 757-622-PETA.

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