PETA Awards Woman Who Spent Two Nights in Freezing Doghouse to Save Dog

New Yorker's Extraordinary Efforts Gained Dog's Trust, Saved Him From Devastating Cold

For Immediate Release:
February 23, 2015

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

New York – A Compassionate Action Award is on its way from PETA to Manhattan resident Denise Lauffer, who went to extraordinary lengths to save a stray dog some residents call Charlie. According to reports, Lauffer—afraid that the elderly dog wouldn’t survive the extreme cold that has gripped New York in recent weeks—spent two nights with Charlie in a makeshift doghouse. Once Charlie learned to associate her with food, warmth, and companionship, she and other local residents managed to catch him and take him to a veterinarian.

Charlie is now reportedly living indoors with a caring foster family, and for her efforts, Lauffer will receive a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan chocolates from PETA.

“Denise Lauffer literally put herself in this dog’s place to save him from this winter’s subzero temperatures,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA hopes her extraordinary efforts will inspire others to come to the aid of animals in need—especially with no end in sight to this potentially deadly freezing weather.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—offers tips for caring for animals during cold weather on its website.

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