Media Invite: Heroic Dog Award Goes to Recently Deceased K9 Officer

PETA to Present K9's Handler With Heroic Dog Award and Commemorative Leaf on Sculpture

For Immediate Release:
August 25, 2015

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Newport News, Va. – K9 officer Isabel, who was known as Izzy to the human officers who worked with her—was humanely put to rest last May after a veterinarian determined that she was suffering from cancer. To honor her years of service and bravery, PETA is awarding her handler a Heroic Dog Award in Izzy’s memory, along with a commemorative leaf on its “Tree of Life” sculpture at PETA headquarters, a monument honoring those whose actions made a positive difference in the world around them. PETA will present a framed certificate and duplicate leaf to Izzy’s handler, Officer Thomas Zeitler.

Where:      Old City Farm, 100 City Farm Road, Newport News

When:       Tuesday, August 25, 12:30 p.m.

“PETA is grateful for the Newport News Police Department’s exceptional care for this dog straight through to the end of her life,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA is honoring her lifetime of service with a reminder that all dogs deserve compassion and respect.”

As PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”— points out, every companion dog needs attention, affection, and regular trips to the vet.

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