N.J. Transit Engineer Nabs PETA Award for Saving Dog From Tracks

Anthony Guzman Stopped His Train to Rescue Lost Dog, Who Has Since Been Reunited With Her Family

For Immediate Release:
February 28, 2019

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Newark, N.J. – A Compassionate Action Award is on its way from PETA to NJ Transit locomotive engineer Anthony Guzman for acting quickly to rescue a small dog named Daisy after he spotted her on the tracks ahead of his train on February 19. After stopping the train and coaxing the pup to safety, Guzman took her to the Secaucus station, and his colleagues were able to take her to a veterinarian and later reunite her with her family.

“Anthony Guzman’s kindness and quick thinking meant the difference between life and a painful death for this little dog,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes his story will inspire people everywhere to keep an eye out for animals in need and do whatever it takes to get them to safety.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—reminds all dog guardians to keep their animal companions near them on walks using a leash and a comfortable, secure harness and to keep a close eye on them when they’re outdoors.

Guzman—a 17-year NJ Transit veteran—will receive a framed certificate, a letter of congratulations, and a box of vegan cookies.

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