FIRE-FIGHTERS RECEIVE PETA AWARD FOR HEROIC CAT RESCUE IN ALTONA FIRE

Group Honours Those Who Plucked Two Kittens From a Burning House

For Immediate Release:
11 April 2012

Melbourne – For rescuing two kittens who were trapped in a burning house, the fire-fighters of the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB) received a Compassionate Action Award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia.

The house on Logan Avenue in Altona caught fire just after midnight. The owners were away for the Easter weekend, and the kittens had no avenue of escape until the fire-fighters arrived to rescue them. For these efforts, the MFB will receive a framed certificate and a letter of appreciation.

“The compassion and heroism shown by members of the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board is truly an inspiration”, says PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “Melbourne residents are very fortunate to have emergency service personnel who are ready to protect and serve both residents and their beloved animal companions.”

PETA Australia cautions responsible guardians never to leave their animal companions unattended while on vacation and to contact local authorities if they witness an animal in distress.

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