FLINT TWP. — Assistant Fire Chief Mike Burkley shared with the township board a letter from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) praising the fire department for helping save animals in a house fire last month.
The electrical fire occurred about 6 p.m. February 7 at a home in the 2300 block of Nerredia Street, Burkley said. The Red Cross also assisted both the family and animals.
The PETA letter praised the fire department for rescuing three dogs trapped inside the burning home.
“Thanks to the quick and brave actions of your team, these animals were able to escape from a situation that could have led to a terrifying and painful death,” the letter stated. “Members of your community – both two-legged and four-legged – are lucky to have such kind first responders who don’t hesitate to help humans or other animals in need.”
The letter dated Feb. 10 was written on PETA letterhead and signed by Ingrid E. Newkirk, president. PETA is a Washington-D.C. based animals’ rights advocacy organization.
Burkley said it was nice to receive such a letter. It was a first though firefighters help animals all the time.
“We do rescue animals on a regular basis,” Burkley said. “Some make it and some don’t.” Fire trucks are equipped with oxygen masks for animals that were provided by a local pet company, he said.