Pair to Receive PETA Award for Cunning Rescue of Stray Dog

Frightened Animal Roaming Evans Creek Preserve Now in Foster Care

For Immediate Release:
April 13, 2015

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

Carbonado, Wash. – A Compassionate Action Award and some delicious vegan cookies are on their way to local residents Amanda Guarascio and Dylan Parkinson for saving a starving stray dog. After hearing that the dog had been seen wandering in the Evans Creek Preserve—possibly for months—the two wasted no time in setting off to find him. The frightened dog, who was named Baby Bear by the pair, evaded them for two days before Gaurascio tried a new tactic: lying on the ground for hours at a time and inching closer to him to win his trust. After many attempts, they were finally able to catch him and rush him to the vet. Thanks to the tenacity of his two rescuers, Baby Bear is being treated for skin and ear infections and malnourishment and recovering in foster care.

“This compassionate pair’s refusal to give up on this terrified dog likely saved him from a lonely, painful death,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes caring people everywhere will be inspired by their example and come to the aid of lost animals.”

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 with a leash and a comfortable, secure harness and to keep a close eye on them when they’re outside.

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