Shropshire Fire Crews Receive PETA Award For Saving Trapped Dog

For Immediate Release:
11 April 2011

Sandra Smiley 0207 357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

Shrewsbury, Shropshire – For demonstrating what can be achieved when people do whatever it takes to help an animal in distress, the Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has received PETA’s Hero to Animals Award.

On 24 March, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service were called after a dog named Cookie became trapped 5 feet down a rabbit warren. The fire crews placed highly sensitive microphones – the same type of equipment used recently in Japan to locate earthquake survivors – on the ground to pinpoint Cookie’s exact location. They then dug a trench parallel to where Cookie was trapped. Finally, after more than three hours, Cookie was coaxed out of the hole with dog biscuits and reunited with her grateful guardian.

“The compassion, know-how and perseverance of the Shropshire Fire and Rescue crews will serve as an inspiration to others to always stop and assist an animal in need”, says PETA’s Mimi Bekhechi. “Shropshire is very fortunate to have first responders who will do everything they can to protect both residents and their beloved animal companions.”

The fire crews will receive a framed certificate and a letter of appreciation from PETA.