Rescue of Fawn From Storm Drain Nets PETA Award for Woodbridge Police

Baby Deer Stuck Inside Underground Pipe System Is Uninjured and Returned to Woods

For Immediate Release:
May 31, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Woodbridge, N.J. – A Compassionate Police Department Award is on its way from PETA to the Woodbridge Police Department after Officer Tim Majek rescued a baby deer from a storm drain on May 24. After responding to a call from a concerned neighbor, he arrived on the scene and found the fawn about 6 feet down inside the drain. He opened the grate, lowered himself in, and managed to carry the fawn to safety before returning the uninjured animal to the nearby woods. Video footage of the rescue recorded by the police department can be viewed here.

“This brave and determined police officer saved this tiny fawn from a terrifying, life-threatening predicament and carefully returned the animal to the forest to find his or her mother,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes this story will inspire others to come to the aid of animals in distress.”

Last year, Officer Majek helped rescue a buck who was caught in a soccer net and another who was entangled in fence netting. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—will send the Woodbridge Police Department a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan cookies.

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