Hero Dog Receives PETA Award for Saving Teen From Kidnapping

Mixed Breed Honored With Goody Bag for Foiling Alleged Abduction Attempt

For Immediate Release:
February 4, 2015

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

Marietta, Ga. – According to news reports, 15-year-old Marietta resident Sarah McKelvie fled a terrifying would-be abduction with the help of her brave dog Sassy, who leapt to her defense when a man reportedly attempted to drag the teenager into his vehicle. Thanks to Sassy’s intervention, both Sassy and Sarah made it safely home and are recovering. To honor the dog’s heroic act, PETA will send her a Heroic Mutt Award and a doggie bag full of treats, toys, and a secure, comfortable harness to wear on walks.

“This courageous dog’s story is a shining example of how mixed-breed dogs are a great choice for any family willing and able to care for them,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “As shelters overflow with lovable dogs, PETA hopes this story inspires people eager to open their home to a new companion to head to their local animal shelter.”

PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way,” encourages anyone with the time, willingness, ability, and resources to care for a dog properly to adopt from a shelter, rather than contributing to the homeless-animal crisis by buying from a breeder or a pet store.

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