Duxbury Firefighters Lauded for Saving Dog From Icy Pond

PETA Recognizes First Responders for Putting Lifesaving Ice-Rescue Skills to Work

For Immediate Release:
February 24, 2017

Contact:
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Duxbury, Mass. – A Compassionate Fire Department Award is on its way from PETA to the Duxbury Fire Department, which sprang into action last week when a dog named Kenny fell through the ice on a pond behind Duxbury High School after he was let off his leash. The department trains for ice rescues—so a firefighter quickly put on a survival suit and a tether, crawled out onto the ice and into the water, and lifted Kenny onto the ice, where he was able to run back to his relieved family members.

“These firefighters had the knowledge, determination, and compassion that it took to save this dog from his frightening icy predicament,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “PETA is recognizing the Duxbury Fire Department for being ready and willing to help both humans and animals in need.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—reminds all dog guardians to keep their animal companions near them on walks using a leash and a comfortable, secure harness and to keep a close eye on them when they’re outdoors.

The Duxbury Fire Department will receive a framed certificate, a box of delicious vegan cookies, a letter of congratulations, 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.

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