CHICAGO — A Chicago chihuahua got a foot stuck in a bathtub drain — and it took 16 firefighters two hours to set the pooch free.
That group of firefighters will now receive an award from PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) for saving the dog, a 5-year-old named Moky.
PETA made the announcement Monday that Chief Mark Altman, Battalion 8, Engine 76, Truck 35, and Squad 2 will receive their Compassionate Fire Department Award.
On May 6, crews rescued Moky, a 5-year-old Chihuahua whose foot was stuck in his family’s bathtub drain on the Northwest Side. It took two hours for a crew of 16 people to cut through the ceiling in the apartment below and free the dog, PETA said.
“Chicago’s bravest are also Chicago’s kindest, as these firefighters didn’t stop working until this little dog was free from a stressful and painful situation,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes their compassion and know-how will inspire others to come to the aid of animals in need.”
The fire department will receive a framed certificate, a box of vegan cookies, and a copy of The Engine 2 Diet—a Texas firefighter’s 28-day plan for staying in shape by eating a plant-based diet.
Fire department spokesman Larry Langford told DNAinfo that the firefighters receiving the award may speak Tuesday.
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