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Fire Deprtment Receive PETA Award for Rescuing Dog

Posted Dec 27th, 2010 by Kristin Richards  Category: Arts & Entertainment

 

For Immediate Release:
December 27, 2010

Contact:
Shakira Croce 770-503-4755; ShakiraC@peta.org
Kristin Richards 202-483-7382, ext. 2177; KristinR@peta.org

TEACHERS, FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVE PETA AWARD FOR RESCUING DOG STUCK ON ICE
Local Heroes Give Stray Animal a Second Chance

Toledo, Ohio — For rescuing a dog from the frozen Maumee River, three Walbridge Elementary School teachers and the Washington Township Fire & Rescue Department will receive PETA’s Compassionate Action Award.

While driving on the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway on Tuesday, teachers Shelli Smith and Christy Lawrence spotted a dog struggling in the middle of the icy river. They stopped to call for help, setting the rescue in motion. Fellow teacher Lynn Henderman, who volunteers for a local animal welfare group, advised the women on whom to call for help, and firefighter Mel Russell responded to the scene.

Russell set out alone in a hovercraft and, after several attempts, was able to pull the frightened dog to safety. The dog was cold and tired but in otherwise good health. After he recuperates from his ordeal, the chow mix will be put up for adoption if he is not claimed.

“The compassion and determination shown by the teachers and the fire department should inspire others throughout the community and beyond,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “This story is a reminder to everyone about how important it is to come to the aid of animals in need.”

The teaching trio and the fire department will receive a framed certificate and a letter of appreciation.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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