Award for Abbotsford firefighters who rescued Bella

Dog was pulled from burning home and given oxygen

  • Jul. 23, 2016 6:00 a.m.
Bella is recovering after being rescued from a burning house last week.

Bella is recovering after being rescued from a burning house last week.

A Compassionate Fire Department Award is on its way to the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service for its rescue of Bella, a pit bull caught in a house fire last week.

The award is coming from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) for the firefighters’ efforts in rushing into the burning home on July 12, and then reviving the dog with a special animal oxygen mask.

“Local veterinarian Dr. Jatinder Mundi rushed to the scene to assess her condition, and Bella was transported to a veterinary hospital where she was treated for minor burns to her feet, and she is now recovering in the home of one of the firefighters while her family is displaced from its fire-ravaged home,” a PETA statement reads.

“These firefighters had the knowledge, the resources, and the determination to save this dog from a painful, terrifying death,” said PETA vice-president Colleen O’Brien in a statement. “PETA hopes their kindness 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 prime firefighting shape by eating plant-based foods.