PETA to honor Wichita Fire Department for dramatic rescue of dog

04/17/2012 5:00 AM

04/17/2012 12:53 PM

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."

The department will receive a framed certificate, a letter of appreciation, and a box of vegan chocolates from PETA.

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