PETA sending award to Leland officer who saved dog from fire

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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A Leland police officer who rescued his neighbor’s dog from a fire while he was off duty has been on the receiving end of a lot of gratitude. Now, he can add PETA to his list of admirers.

The animal rights group famous for its high-profile, and often controversial, activism is sending Sgt. Jonathan Hall a Compassionate Action Award to acknowledge his courage.

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“Thanks to Sgt. Jonathan Hall’s unhesitating bravery, a family who had already lost so much was reunited with their beloved canine companion,” said PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien in a press release. “PETA hopes his courage and determination will inspire others to come to the aid of those in need.”

The award isn’t the only thing the group is sending Hall. It is also sending him a package of stickers which it says can be placed on doors and windows to alert rescue workers to the presence of animals inside the home.

He will also receive a letter of congratulations, a framed certificate, and, the press release says, “a box of delicious vegan cookies.”