Hopewell Police Lauded for Saving Dog From Icy Pond

PETA Recognizes First Responders for Daring Rescue During Recent Snowfall

For Immediate Release:
December 22, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Hopewell, N.J. – A Compassionate Police Department Award is on its way from PETA to the Hopewell Township Police Department, which sprang into action last week when a dog named Nisel fell through the ice on a pond in her backyard. Dramatic video footage of the rescue shows Officer Robert Voorhees crawling to the edge of the pond to reach the dog as Officer George Peterson and Specialist David VanDoren pulled both to safety by a rope tied around Voorhees’ waist.

Nisel was reunited with her relieved guardian, and both of them visited the police department on Wednesday.

“These officers braved treacherous ice to pull this dog to safety,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes their courage and selflessness will inspire others to keep an eye out for animals in danger, especially during the frigid winter months.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—reminds all dog guardians to ensure that their yards are secure, with sturdy fencing, no potentially poisonous plants or other materials, and no open manholes or pipes. While outdoors, guardians should keep their animal companions on a leash and a comfortable, secure harness and keep a close eye on them.

The Hopewell Township Police Department will receive a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan cookies.

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