Wellesley Firefighters Receive PETA Award for Rescuing Dog in Icy River

Group Stresses Importance of Always Keeping Animals on a Secure Harness

For Immediate Release:
December 24, 2013

David Perle 202-483-7382

Wellesley, Mass. – On the afternoon of December 22, firefighters with the Wellesley Fire Department responded to an urgent call about a dog, named Crosby, who had fallen through the ice into the frigid Charles River. Firefighters, tethered to a rope, waded through the freezing water and ice and pulled the dog to shore, where they dried her off with blankets and a fire coat and returned her to her family.

For saving Crosby’s life, the Wellesley Fire Department will receive PETA’s Compassionate Fire Department Award.

“The compassion and heroism shown by the Wellesley Fire Department is an inspiration,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Wellesley is very fortunate to have first responders who are ready to protect and serve both residents and their beloved animal companions.”

The fire department will receive a framed certificate, a letter of appreciation, a box of delicious vegan chocolates from PETA.

PETA reminds all dog guardians to always keep their animals on a comfortable and secure harness when taking them for walks.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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