The largest animal rights organization in the world recognized Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department officials Oct. 28 for their efforts to save two dogs from a burning home in Bowie.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, known as PETA, sent the fire department a framed certificate of PETA’s Compassionate Fire Department Award, a thank you card and a box of vegan chocolates, said Merrilee Burke, one of PETA’s project managers.
“We always keep an eye on the media for any kind of stories about kind people who didn’t look the other way when any animal needed help,” Burke said.
County fire/EMS officials rescued Otis and Mylo, two Chihuahuas, from a burning home in Bowie on Oct. 23. The dogs received oxygen masks and were retuned to their owner, who was not at the house during the fire, said Mark E. Brady, county fire department spokesman. No one was injured during the fire.
Otis died several days later from complications due to the fire, Brady said. Mylo, however, is doing fine, he said.
“The fire department did everything they could, and we hope their effort will inspire others,” Burke said, adding that about 30 people and organizations receive PETA compassion awards each year.