NEW ALBANY, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – PETA is honoring a dog named Dudley and the New Albany, Mississippi, fire department after a house fire last month.
PETA says Marvin Foster was showering July 30th when a fire broke out. He said his dog Dudley opened the bathroom door and alerted him to the smoke. Foster and his son made it outside, but say Dudley was still trapped in the home.
That’s when New Albany firefighters took action. They rushed inside, were able to get Dudley, and stabilized his breathing with oxygen once outside. Dudley remains in the care of a veterinarian as he makes his recovery. A GoFundMe has been set up to help with his vet bills.
From PETA: “He wasn’t trapped in there for too long, but it’s a miracle that he is alive, with the severity of the fire,” Deputy Fire Chief Mark Whiteside tells PETA.
“Every July 30 from here on out will be Dudley’s Day,” Foster tells PETA.
“A dog’s love is unconditional, and our beloved companions will put their very lives on the line to protect us from harm,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA encourages anyone who’s inspired by Dudley’s selflessness and heroism to consider providing a dog who’s waiting at a local animal shelter with a lifelong home.”
The Foster family will receive a Heroic Dog Award certificate and a letter of congratulations along with a “doggie bag” of toys and vegan treats for Dudley to enjoy after he’s recovered. The fire department will receive a Compassionate Fire Department Award certificate, a stack of PETA’s fire-alert stickers, boxes of delicious vegan cookies, and a copy of The Engine 2 Diet—a Texas firefighter’s 28-day plan for staying in prime firefighting shape by eating vegan meals.