Yonkers Police Net PETA Award for Freeing Buck Caught in Hammock

Emergency Service Unit Officers Untangled Frantic Deer Who Then Safely Returned to Woods

For Immediate Release:
October 24, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Yonkers, N.Y. – A Compassionate Police Department Award is on its way from PETA to the Yonkers Police Department after officers Matthew Donaldson and David MacDonald rescued a buck whose antlers were caught in a makeshift hammock outside a home on Arthur Place on the morning of October 22. Video footage of the rescue recorded by the police department can be viewed here.

“These police officers had the compassion, patience, and resources necessary to rescue a buck from a terrifying and potentially deadly predicament,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA encourages people everywhere to follow their lead and always come to the aid of animals in need—or call someone who can.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—encourages homeowners to help keep yards safe for animals by enclosing them with sturdy fencing, removing potentially poisonous plants or other materials, and covering any open manholes or pipes. Additional tips for living in harmony with wildlife and disposing of trash properly are available here.

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

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