Flagler County Firefighters Receive PETA Award for Saving Dogs During House Fire

First Responders Revive Dogs With Special Oxygen Masks

For Immediate Release:
May 21, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

Palm Coast, Fla. – A Compassionate Fire Department Award is on its way from PETA to Flagler County Fire Rescue, which responded to a fire in a Palm Coast home’s garage on Tuesday morning. The home’s human residents all made it to safety, and firefighters combed the smoke-filled house to make sure that the family’s six dogs, including two puppies, also made it out. Rescuers reportedly used oxygen masks designed for animal companions to revive the dogs, who seemed sluggish, and all six animals are expected to make a full recovery.

“These tenacious firefighters didn’t rest until they were sure that all of this home’s residents, including the family’s dogs, made it to safety,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes their 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 to alert rescue workers to the presence of dogs, cats, and other animal companions. Families can order stickers from the PETA Catalog or make their own.

The Flagler County Fire Rescue Division 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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