Salt Lake City Firefighters Receive PETA Award for Rescuing Injured Dog

Stranded Pup Gets a Reprieve After First Responders Hike More Than 2 Miles to Retrieve Him

For Immediate Release:
July 9, 2015

Lakisha Ridley 2002-483-7382

Salt Lake City – Courtesy of PETA, a Compassionate Fire Department Award is on its way to the Salt Lake City Fire Department, which responded to a call for help after concerned hikers spotted an injured dog named Rue stranded on a mountain ledge. Firefighters hiked more than 2 miles to reach him and provided him with water before one of the firefighters put the dog over his shoulders and carried him down the mountain. Rue was reunited with his guardians the following day. Fire officials believe that fireworks may have caused him to flee from his home in terror during July Fourth celebrations.

“Thanks to these determined firefighters, this dog’s terrifying ordeal did not become a tragedy,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes their determination will inspire others to come to the aid of animals in need.”

Every year, many animals become lost after fireworks displays. 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 inside during fireworks shows and, if possible, to stay near them. While outdoors, dogs should be kept on a leash and a comfortable, secure harness.

The Salt Lake City Fire Department will receive a framed certificate, a box of delicious vegan cookies, and a copy of The Engine 2 Diet—a Texas firefighter’s 28-day plan for staying in prime firefighting shape through plant-based meals.

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