For Immediate Release:
10 January 2017

Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade Saves Two Kittens in One Week

Melbourne – For coming to the aid of kittens in trouble, the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade will receive a Hero to Animals Award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia.

The brigade came to the aid of two kittens during the past week. On Monday, a stray, now named Brian, was found stuck in a dumpster in Keilor Park. He had to be sedated and covered in olive oil before his rescuers could slowly pull him from a pipe at the bottom of the bin.

This life-saving action came just days after another kitten, named Harry, became trapped inside a washing machine when it was turned on at his Brunswick home. After seeing his face in the soapy water, his guardians called Triple Zero, and firefighters arrived in time to free him with a crowbar.

“The compassion and heroism shown by Melbourne firefighters is truly an inspiration”, says Ashley Fruno, PETA Australia’s associate director of campaigns. “The local community is very fortunate to have such caring citizens.”

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