Centerville residents who rescued a dog from an area river to receive PETA award

Published: Jul. 16, 2021 at 10:42 PM CDT
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CENTERVILLE, Iowa (KYOU) - Three Centerville residents that rescued a missing dog from the Chariton River have been awarded the Compassionate Action Award by PETA.

KYOU reached out to Shakira Sias, Jessica Rose, and Josh Rose for a statement on how they feel about being recognized for their actions.

Shakira says she is hopeful that kind acts will catch on with others.

“If more people do nicer things then maybe the world would be a nicer place. The more kindness gets recognized it passes along to other people.”

The three will each receive a certificate and vegan cookies.

Jessica Rose says she couldn’t see herself leaving the dog.

“There was just no leaving her. I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself if we just left this poor, lost, and injured animal to die. We would’ve done whatever it took to get that dog.”

Josh Rose says it was the obvious thing to do.

“We just did our job. I think it is your job as a human being to save lives.”

They all suggest pet owners make sure their pets have tags, and that from now on they will bring treats and a rope with them on trips just in case.

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