NYPD to Receive Award for Goat Rescue

PETA Will Honor 40th Precinct for Saving Goat From Train Tracks

For Immediate Release:
April 1, 2019

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

New York – In honor of the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) rescue of a goat who escaped from a slaughterhouse on St. Patrick’s Day, PETA will present the officers of the 40th Precinct in the Bronx with a Compassionate Police Department Award at the precinct’s Community Council meeting this week.

When:    Wednesday, April 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where:    Lincoln Hospital, 1st floor auditorium, 234 E. 149th St., the Bronx

After receiving a call about an animal jumping in and out of traffic, Officers Anthony Picariello and Christopher Mazzella reported to the scene at the intersection of E. 132nd Street and Locust Avenue. When the goat hopped onto nearby train tracks, the officers stopped an oncoming train, called an emergency-service unit for assistance, captured the animal, and transported him to Animal Care Centers of NYC. The goat has now found a permanent home at Skylands Animal Sanctuary & Rescue in New Jersey.

“Officers Picariello and Mazzella were ready and willing to do whatever it took to get this goat to safety, right down to stopping an oncoming train,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes this goat’s brave bid for freedom will encourage people everywhere to show compassion for these and other sensitive animals by leaving them off their plates.”

The NYPD’s 40th Precinct will receive a framed certificate and boxes of delicious vegan cookies.

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

The group opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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