Seattle Dog to Receive Award for Protecting Family During Home Invasion

PETA Will Honor Rex, Reunite Him With the Animal Control Officer Who Saved His Life

For Immediate Release:
March 5, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Seattle – At a special award ceremony on Tuesday, PETA will present Rex—the dog who was beaten bloody and shot three times by burglars while defending his 16-year-old guardian on February 21—with a Heroic Dog Award.

Rex will receive a framed certificate and a get-well care package, and PETA will reunite him with Des Moines Police Department Animal Control Officer Jan Magnuson, who saved Rex’s life by rushing the critically injured dog to a veterinary clinic.

When:    Tuesday, March 6, 6 p.m.

Where:    10825 Third Ave. S.W., Seattle

“In risking his life to protect his young guardian, this brave dog demonstrated how intelligent and sensitive animals are,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA encourages anyone with the time and resources to care for an animal to adopt one from a shelter and reminds everyone to treat dogs like the loving family members they are.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges of the intruder or intruders who beat and shot Rex. More details about the reward are available here.

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