PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has bestowed an award on members of the Zebulon Fire Department who rescued a dog from a frozen pond last week.
PETA says its “Compassionate Fire Department Award” comes with a framed certificate, a vegan box of chocolates and a copy of “The Engine 2 Diet,” a book written by an Austin, Texas, firefighter about his 28-day plan to stay in shape by eating plant-based meals.
Zebulon firefighters earned the award, PETA says, when they answered a call from a 12-year-old girl that her 8-year-old terrier, Brody, had fallen through the ice into a frozen pond last Tuesday. Firefighters extended ladders into the pond and used poles to break up the ice, guiding Brody back to shore.
“The undaunted courage of the Zebulon Fire Department and other rescuers involved meant the difference between life and death for this lucky dog,” PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch said in a statement. “PETA hopes the rescuers’ kindness and bravery will inspire others to come to the aid of animals in need.”