Heroic Dog Nabs PETA Award for Saving Guardian’s Life

For Immediate Release:
February 4, 2021

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Oakland, N.J. – A Heroic Dog Award is on its way from PETA to a local dog named Sadie, who saved her guardian, Brian Myers, when he suffered a stroke while at home alone with her in late January. After Myers collapsed, Sadie stayed by his side, licked his face to keep him awake, and even helped him drag himself across the room to his phone so that he could call for help.

“She is my hero, and I love her to death,” Myers tells PETA. “I don’t know what I would have done if she hadn’t been there.” While Myers recovers in a rehab center, Sadie is in the care of his brother and sister-in-law—who have fallen in love with her—and Myers looks forward to reuniting with her soon.

“Sadie’s intelligence and tenacity saved Brian’s life,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “Her heroism reminds us that many loving, dedicated dogs are waiting in shelters for a family to join, and PETA encourages anyone with the ability and resources to care for an animal to adopt one from a local shelter.”

Around 70 million dogs and cats are homeless in the U.S. at any given time. An estimated 10% of them end up in animal shelters, where many must eventually be euthanized for reasons including injury, illness, old age, emotional and psychological damage, and a lack of good homes. That’s why PETA advocates for adoption and urges guardians to have their animal companions spayed or neutered.

PETA is sending Myers a framed certificate along with a “doggie bag” of toys and vegan treats for Sadie to enjoy.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.

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