Firefighters Receive PETA Award for Rescuing Unconscious Dog From Burning Home

Vancouver First Responders Spend 20 Minutes Reviving Canine

For Immediate Release:
February 23, 2016

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Vancouver – A Compassionate Fire Department Award is on its way from PETA to Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, which came to the aid of a dog named Nero, who was trapped in a burning home. Firefighters found Nero unconscious and pulled him from the building. After modifying an oxygen mask to fit his face, they spent 20 minutes reviving him, and he is expected to make a full recovery. Nero was home alone at the time of the fire.

“These heroic rescuers meant the difference between life and a tragic, painful death for this dog,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes their kindness and determination 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 all animal guardians to put a sign on doors or windows in order to alert first responders to the presence of dogs and cats. Families can order stickers from the PETA Catalog or make their own.

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services 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 a plant-based diet.

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