Portland Mountain Rescue Team Receives PETA Award for Saving Dog Who Fell From Cliff

Volunteers Become Heroes After Police Call Off Search

For Immediate Release:
December 24, 2013

David Perle 202-483-7382

Portland, Ore. – For rescuing a dog who fell from a cliff at Triple Falls, the Portland Mountain Rescue team will receive a Compassionate Action Award from PETA.

A dog named Rocky was hiking with his guardian when he took a dangerous fall down one of the 100-foot cliffs surrounding the popular destination and became stuck on a ledge. After authorities determined that no humans were at risk and called off their rescue efforts, Portland Mountain Rescue came to Rocky’s aid. Rescuer Scott Norton rappelled down the cliff until he could reach Rocky and zipped the terrified dog into his backpack. Remarkably, Rocky was uninjured, and he showered his rescuers and his grateful guardian with kisses.

“The compassion and heroism shown by Portland Mountain Rescue is an inspiration,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “Portland is very fortunate to have a brave rescue team that comes to the aid of both residents and their beloved animal companions.”

The team will receive a framed certificate, a letter of appreciation, and a box of delicious vegan chocolates from PETA.

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