Fredericksburg First Responders Receive PETA Award for Saving Stranded Kitten

Kitten Pulled From 150-Foot-Long Storm Drain Pipe

For Immediate Release:
August 17, 2015

Catie Cryar 202-483-7382

Fredericksburg, Va. – Courtesy of PETA, a Compassionate Fire Department Award and a Compassionate Police Department Award are on their way to the Fredericksburg Fire Department and the Fredericksburg Police Department, respectively, for their speedy rush to the aid of a terrified kitten trapped in a 150-foot-long storm drain pipe early Thursday. Rescue efforts lasted longer than an hour, with several different attempts to retrieve the animal by members of the police and fire departments. Officer Josh Gilworth climbed into the drain and was eventually able to reach the kitten, who was turned over to the care of a kind local resident.

For their kindness and quick thinking, the Fredericksburg Fire Department and the Fredericksburg Police Department will each receive a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan cookies—and the firefighters will also receive 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.

“Thanks to the determination of these first responders, this kitten’s story did not end in tragedy,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA encourages caring people everywhere to take this story as inspiration 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”—also reminds all cat guardians that the safest place for their companions is indoors. Cats who are allowed to roam outdoors may catch diseases such as feline AIDS, be hit by cars, or even be hurt by cruel people. All animal companions, including cats, can and should be escorted on a leash and a safe, secure harness when outdoors.

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