Pittsburgh Firefighters Receive PETA Award For Saving Dog’s Life

First Responders Revive 15-Year-Old Chihuahua With Oxygen

For Immediate Release:
January 26, 2015

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

Pittsburgh – Last week, firefighters with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire responded to a blaze in the city’s West End, where they not only rescued a woman trapped on the roof but also retrieved the woman’s beloved dog, who wasn’t moving at the time, and treated her with oxygen. She and her guardian are expected to make a full recovery.

To thank the firefighters for their efforts, PETA is sending them a framed Compassionate Fire Department Award, along with a box of 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 plant-based meals. The group is also sending the department special oxygen masks designed for dogs and cats.

“These firefighters’ compassion and know-how meant the difference between life and death for this little dog,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA hopes this will inspire others to take a page from the firefighters’ book and always come to the aid of animals in need.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”— encourages all animal guardians to put a sign on doors or windows to alert rescue workers to the presence of dogs and cats. Families can order stickers from the PETA Catalog or make their own.

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