Prince George’s County Firefighters Lauded for Saving Dog From Ravine

PETA Recognizes Landover Hills Station 830 for Pulling Freezing Dog to Safety

For Immediate Release:
December 21, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Hyattsville, Md. – A Compassionate Fire Department Award is on its way from PETA to Landover Hills Station 830, part of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, for rescuing a dog from an icy ravine on W. Forest Road in Hyattsville on Friday.

Responding to an emergency call from a concerned citizen, the firefighters arrived at the ravine with a ladder in tow. Team member Jesse McCullough carefully climbed down the snowy dam to reach the dog, who was stuck in the freezing water below, shaking and exhausted. The firefighters then rushed the dog back to their firehouse to dry him off and feed him before taking him to the Prince George’s County animal shelter, and he was later returned to his guardian. Video footage of the rescue is available here.

“These brave firefighters wasted no time in rescuing this dog from a freezing and frightening predicament,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is recognizing the Landover Hills Station 830 team for its swift action, which we hope will inspire everyone to come to the aid of animals in need.”

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

The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department will receive a framed certificate, a box of delicious vegan cookies, a letter of congratulations, and a copy of The Engine 2 Diet, a Texas firefighter’s 28-day plan for staying in prime firefighting shape by eating vegan meals.

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