People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, will present a Compassionate Fire Department Award to the Wichita Fire Department for its “brave and compassionate efforts in doing what it took” to save a dog that became trapped and nearly drowned during a thunderstorm last week.
John Huy was walking his dog Taz when it began raining heavily last Thursday. They took cover under a bridge, but Taz — spooked by a bolt of lightning — sought refuge beneath a ledge along the sidewalk under the overpass.
Fast-rising waters trapped Taz in an air pocket. A search lasting more than two hours proved fruitless, until a firefighter spotted Taz’s wet snout. Crews cut a hole in the concrete and rescued the dog.
"The Wichita Fire Department showed compassion, perseverance, and know-how in rescuing Taz," PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman said in a prepared statement. "Wichita is very fortunate to have first responders who are ready to protect and serve not only human residents but also their beloved animal companions."
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The department will receive a framed certificate, a letter of appreciation, and a box of vegan chocolates from PETA.