PETA honors Cobb firefighters for saving rabbits from fire

Six rabbits were rescued Tuesday from an apartment fire in Marietta, Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services said.
Six rabbits were rescued Tuesday from an apartment fire in Marietta, Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services said.

The Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services Department has been recognized by a well-known animal rights organization for its rescue of several rabbits from an apartment fire.

PETA will send the agency its Compassionate Fire Department Award for its work while responding to the April 2 fire at an apartment complex at 1525 Terrell Mill Road.

PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien said her organization is commending firefighters because they didn’t hesitate to get the rabbits to safety.

“PETA hopes their kindness and bravery will inspire people everywhere to act when vulnerable animals are in need,” O’Brien said.

Firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 6:29 p.m. April 2. Crews arrived at the scene and noticed an apartment unit had flames spouting from its roof. Firefighters were able to contain the fire within one unit, which suffered heavy damage, Cobb fire previously said.

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Residents were evacuated and during a search of the building, crews found and rescued six rabbits from the structure.

The rabbits were provided pet oxygen masks to aid in their recovery of exposure to the flames. There were no injuries in the fire, and the rabbits were returned to their owner.

Cobb fire spokeswoman Denell Boyd said the agency has received $4,500 in donations within the last year that can be used towards the purchase of pet oxygen masks.

The masks have been added to each of the vehicles the department uses to respond to emergencies.

“I think it’s great that we are getting this award,” Boyd said.

PETA will dispatch to the Cobb fire department a package of its fire-alert stickers, a framed certificate, a box of vegan cookies and a copy of “The Engine 2 Diet,” a Texas firefighter's plan for staying in shape by eating vegan meals.


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