Media Invite: Electricians to Receive Award for Saving Cat From Overpass

PETA Will Recognize Dagle Electrical Construction for Reuniting Lost Animal With Her Family

For Immediate Release:
January 11, 2017

Contact:
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Boston – This Thursday, PETA will present Dagle Electrical Construction with a Compassionate Action Award in honor of its January 4 rescue of Juno, a cat who had been stranded underneath an overpass on I-93 North since Christmas Day, when she fell out of her guardian’s van:

When:    Thursday, January 12, 10 a.m.

Where:    256 Freeport St., Dorchester

Even though Juno’s frantic family members canceled their holiday travel plans, put up “missing” posters, and spent days searching for her, they weren’t able to find her. Then, when Dagle’s electrical workers were doing maintenance on the overpass, they discovered a cat hiding on a steel girder 80 feet above the ground and recognized her from the “missing” posters—so they bought some cat food, lured her into a worker’s arms, and lowered her safely to the ground. They reunited her with her family the next day.

“These workers went out of their way to coax this beloved cat to safety and reunite her with her overjoyed family members,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes their story will inspire people everywhere to keep an eye out for animals in need of assistance.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that the safest place for feline companions is indoors. Like cats who escape accidentally, those who are allowed to roam outdoors may catch diseases such as feline AIDS, be hit by cars, be intentionally harmed by cruel humans, or become stranded like Juno. PETA encourages anyone who spots a cat stuck in a tree or on a high structure to call authorities for help immediately.

Dagle Electrical Construction will receive a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan cookies.

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