The Sacramento Fire Department recently garnered some much deserved recognition from PETA for their response to an animal trapped in a hot vehicle.

Video of the Sacramento Fire Department Engine 4 crew members’ response to a bystander who reported that a dog had been locked inside a car was posted to their SacFire Facebook page and this amazing story was shared with their followers.

The Fire Department arrived on the scene and found the dog panting inside with no water or air conditioning.  They were able to rescue the dog trapped inside the vehicle that was quickly reaching 95 degrees in temperature. Soon after, the dog was transported to the animal shelter by Sacramento Animal Control.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the largest animal rights organization in the world, honored the Sacramento Fire Department with the Compassionate Fire Department Award, for rescuing the dog. They hope that what the Fire Department had done will inspire others to aid animals in need. Watch the video below.

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The Fire Department would like to remind pet owners not to leave pets in a car, especially on hot days. The hot weather not only has negative effects on your pets, you could be fined up to $500 for endangering an animal. Take your dog with you when you leave your car, or leave them at home.

Find out more information about Animal Control Services and the Sacramento Fire Department.