Firefighters to Receive Award for Saving Dog From Pipe

PETA Will Honor Secaucus Fire Department for Rescuing Little Dog Who Was Trapped for Nearly 24 Hours

For Immediate Release:
November 26, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Secaucus, N.J. – In honor of the Secaucus Fire Department’s rescue of a little dog named Khaleesi from a pipe in a local park last week, PETA will present the kind first responders with a Compassionate Fire Department Award at Tuesday’s city council meeting, where Khaleesi and her guardians will reunite with her rescuers:

When:    Tuesday, November 27, 7 p.m.

Where:    Town Hall, 1203 Paterson Plank Rd., 1st Fl., Secaucus

Khaleesi had been running off-leash in the park when she entered the pipe and became stuck nearly 6 feet into it. Fire crews started to dig out the area around the pipe—but when it became too dark to continue safely, they had to postpone their efforts until the following morning. At first light, they returned, cut pieces of the pipe, and returned the pup to her relieved guardians.

“The Secaucus Fire Department didn’t give up until this little dog was safe again, back in her family’s arms,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes this story will remind dog guardians to keep their animal companions near them on walks by using a leash and comfortable harness and encourage everyone always to come to the aid of animals in need.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that in addition to walking them on a leash and harness, guardians should never allow their dogs to roam outside unattended. They should also keep yards safe with sturdy fencing and by ensuring that there are no potentially poisonous plants or other materials and no open manholes or pipes.

PETA will present the firefighters with a framed certificate, a box of delicious vegan cookies, and a copy of The Engine 2 Diet, a Texas firefighter’s 28-day plan for staying in prime shape by eating vegan meals.

Photos will be available after the award is presented. For more information, please visit

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