Heroic Conductor to Receive PETA Award for Saving Cat From Train

Feline Was Trapped Under the Train's Engine

For Immediate Release:
December 20, 2016

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Edmonton, Alberta – When conductor Brad Slater performed a routine inspection on a train that had traveled 12 hours and more than 400 miles from Melville, Saskatchewan, in negative 40–degree weather, he heard meowing and scratching from underneath the engine. He looked closer and found a terrified cat covered with snow and ice. He patiently coaxed him out, began carefully pulling the ice and snow from his fur, and drove him to the veterinarian. Even though the kitty—who was later recognized by Melville residents Brent and Lynn Hahn as their missing companion, Tiger—was suffering from frostbite and had worn his nails down to nubs by clinging to the train, the vet said that he would make a full recovery. The couple rushed to Edmonton to get him, and they were happily reunited. For his lifesaving actions, PETA is honoring Slater with a Compassionate Action Award.

“Brad Slater did everything that he could to save this animal’s life,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “PETA hopes his compassion will remind others that every life is precious and inspire them to act to help any animal in need.”

PETA is sending Slater a framed certificate, a box of delicious vegan cookies, and treats for his rescued cats.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—reminds all cat guardians that the safest place for their companions is indoors. When cats go outside, they are exposed to dangers, including severe weather, diseases, traffic, and cruel people. All animal companions, including cats, should be escorted outdoors on a leash and a safe, secure harness.

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