South Pasadena Police Nab PETA Award for Rescuing Dog From Burning Home

Officers Kick in Door and Save Stranded Little Dog, Take Him to Safety

For Immediate Release:
November 22, 2016

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

South Pasadena, Calif – A Compassionate Police Department Award is on its way from PETA to the South Pasadena Police Department, which came to the rescue of a little dog trapped in a burning home on Thursday afternoon. Cpl. Craig Phillips and Officer Brian Wiley kicked in the home’s door and went from room to room, searching for residents. They discovered 1-year-old Kolby the dog cowering in a corner and took him to safety. He was later reunited with his grateful guardian.

“These brave officers made every effort to ensure that no living being was trapped inside this burning house,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “Local residents are lucky to have such kind emergency responders who don’t hesitate to help humans and animals in need.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—encourages all animal guardians to put a sign on doors or windows to alert rescue workers to the presence of companion animals. Families can order stickers from the PETA Catalog or make their own.

The South Pasadena Police Department will receive a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan cookies.

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