Oakland Firefighters Receive PETA Award for Saving Dog From House Fire

First Responders Retrieve Dog Trapped in Travel Carrier, Use Special Oxygen Mask to Revive the Unresponsive Animal

For Immediate Release:
December 14, 2015

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Oakland, Calif. – Courtesy of PETA, Compassionate Fire Department Awards are on their way to Engines 26 and 29 of the Oakland Fire Department after firefighters responded to a house fire on 85th Avenue on December 9 and rescued a dog confined inside. Although the home’s human residents had made it to safety, they informed the firefighters that a dog was locked in a small animal carrier inside the house. Firefighters rushed inside to find the unconscious dog and brought her outdoors, where they removed her from the kennel and gave her chest compressions while administering oxygen with a special snout mask provided by an ambulance supervisor. After six minutes, the dog began to breathe normally, lift her head, and even wag her tail.

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“Thanks to these firefighters’ courage, this little dog was spared a painful, terrifying death. They kept working to revive her until they knew she would survive,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes their determination will inspire others 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”—points out that all dogs need regular exercise and attention and should never be left to languish inside a crate, where they’re prevented from escaping dangerous situations and deprived of the opportunity to walk around, relieve themselves, and stretch out.

Engines 26 and 29 of the Oakland Fire Department will each receive a framed certificate, a box of delicious vegan chocolates, and a copy of The Engine 2 Diet—a Texas firefighter’s 28-day plan for staying in prime firefighting shape by eating a plant-based diet.

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