North County firefighters received an award for their work done to rescue a dog from between two storage containers last week.
PETA gave a Compassionate Fire Department award to the firefighters at Carlsbad and Oceanside Fire Departments Wednesday.
"San Diego County residents are lucky to have compassionate first responders ready to rush to the aid of people and animals," says PETA Senior Director Colleen O'Brien in a statement. "PETA hopes their quick thinking and determination will inspire others to come to the aid of animals in need."
The firefighters worked to rescue Spike, a dog that was wedged between two large storage containers when he was playing with children at the South Oceanside Elementary School playground on South Horne Street.
Jaws of life were used to pry the containers apart and free the 12-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback from where he had gotten stuck, six feet into the space.
The departments will receive a framed certificate, a box of vegan chocolates and a copy of The Engine 2 Diet, a Texas firefighter's 28-day plan for staying in prime firefighting shape by eating a plant-based diet.