Tucson Firefighters Net PETA Award for Saving Dog From Burning Mobile Home

First Responders Retrieve Dog Amid Flames and Smoke

For Immediate Release:
September 14, 2015

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Tucson, Ariz. – Courtesy of PETA, a Compassionate Fire Department Award is on its way to the Northwest Fire District after firefighters rescued a dog from a burning mobile home on W. El Caminito Place on Thursday morning. In just 30 minutes, firefighters controlled the flames and made sure that the dog, who was the only member of the family in the home at the time, made it to safety. The dog is reportedly in good health, with no lasting damage from the fire.

“Thanks to these determined firefighters, this dog was spared a painful, terrifying death,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes their kindness and bravery will inspire others 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”—encourages all animal guardians to put a sign on doors or windows to alert rescue workers to the presence of dogs, cats, and other animal companions. Families can order stickers from the PETA Catalog or make their own.

The Northwest Fire District 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 by eating a plant-based diet.

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