Fallowfield Township Firefighters Receive PETA Award for Rescuing Dog Trapped in Mine Shaft

Canine Missing for Over a Week Found in 30-Foot Sinkhole

For Immediate Release:
August 2, 2016

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Charleroi, Pa. – PETA’s Compassionate Fire Department Award is on its way to the Fallowfield Township Volunteer Fire Company for its July 20 rescue of a dog named Blaze, who had fallen into a 30-foot sinkhole believed to be a former mine shaft. After being alerted by a homeowner who heard Blaze barking, firefighters rushed to the scene and realized that climbing down the shaft would be too dangerous. The all-volunteer crew widened the top of the hole using ropes and other gear in order to rescue the terrified pup, who has since been reunited with his family.

“Fallowfield Township firefighters’ compassion, determination, and ingenuity saved this beloved dog from a lonely and terrifying end,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA reminds all canine caretakers to make sure that their yards are free of hazardous holes, to use a leash and harness on walks, and to keep a watchful eye on dogs when they’re outside.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that animal guardians can further safeguard their homes by ensuring that yards have sturdy fencing and that no potentially poisonous plants, chemicals, or other materials are located where animals can reach them.

The Fallowfield Township Volunteer Fire Company will receive a framed certificate, a box of delicious vegan cookies, 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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