Dogs news from Gaithersburg to Prince George's County

Prince George's County Fire Department receives a PETA award for rescuing two dogs, while Gaithersburg hosts a Leashes 'n' Lights night. Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, DC, November 8, 2013 — When Prince George’s County Fire Department rescued two dogs from a house in flames on Sandal Lane in Bowie, MD Oct 23, they never expected to get anything for their efforts.

But this week, the firehouse received a box of vegan chocolates, a thank you card, and a Compassionate Fire Department Award from PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

While only one of the two Chihuahuas survived after receiving oxygen from firemen, PETA wanted to recognize the extraordinary efforts taken by Prince George’s County.

“Prince George’s County firefighters are truly heroes because they don’t consider their job done until all residents both human and nonhuman have made it to safety,” said PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch in a news release. “PETA hopes the compassion and know-how shown by these firefighters will inspire others always to come to the aid of animals in need.”

In other dog news, Gaithersburg’s Seneca Creek State Park will hold its annual Leashes ‘n’ Lights event Nov 17. From 5 to 8pm, dog owners and their four legged friends can walk, run, or stroll the three miles and 380 light displays.

For more information or to register, visit

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