PETA Awards Southlake Department of Public Safety for Dog Rescue

For Immediate Release:
February 23, 2021

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Southlake, Texas – A Compassionate Police Department Award is on its way from PETA to the Southlake Department of Public Safety, which sprang into action on Valentine’s Day to save a dog named Shadow who had fallen through thin ice on a frozen pond near White’s Chapel. Sgt. Gaylon Music bravely entered the pond, broke through the ice, and waded through freezing water up to his shoulders to reach the dog’s side. Shadow’s guardian soon followed with a pool float, and officers worked with him to hoist the dog onto the float and pull him to shore. Video footage of the rescue is available here.

“This dog could easily have drowned in frigid water or died of hypothermia if it weren’t for the kindness and swift action of the Southlake Department of Public Safety,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes this happy ending inspires everyone to look out for animals in need, especially during dangerous inclement weather.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—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.

The Southlake Department of Public Safety will receive a framed certificate, a letter, and boxes of delicious vegan cookies.

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