Indianapolis Firefighters Receive PETA Award for Rescuing Dogs From Icy Ponds

First Responders Save Three Beloved Companions From Chilling Fates

For Immediate Release:
January 23, 2015

Shakira Croce 202-483-7382

Indianapolis – Two Compassionate Fire Department awards are on their way to two local fire departments—the Wayne Township Fire Department and the Indianapolis Fire Department—which rushed to the aid of three dogs who had become trapped in two different icy ponds on Tuesday. The rescuers used special flotation suits to crawl out onto the ice and retrieve the dangerously exhausted animals, all three of whom were successfully reunited with their relieved guardians.

In recognition of the rescuers’ efforts, PETA is sending both departments a framed award certificate, along with a box of vegan chocolates, and a copy of The Engine 2 Diet, a Texas firefighter’s 28-day plan for staying in prime firefighting shape by eating plant-based meals.

“These firefighters’ quick and determined actions meant the difference between life and death for these dogs,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA hopes this will inspire others to take a page from the firefighters’ book and always come to the aid of animals in need.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—offers tips for helping companion animals on its website.

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