Sheriff’s Office deputy receives PETA award for staying with dog hit by car

Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Josh Fiorelli comforts a dog, now named Fiona, after she was hit by a car on Dec. 16.

A Compassionate Police Department Award is on its way from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office after a deputy sat with a dog that had been hit by a car until help arrived.

On the morning of Dec. 16, a call was made to the Sheriff’s Office from a distraught driver who hit the dog in Kissimmee.

According to a PETA press release, Deputy Josh Fiorelli arrived on the scene to find the dog lying on the grass, seriously injured. He gently covered her with his coat and didn’t leave her side until Osceola County Animal Services officials showed up to take her for immediate care.

“It was cold out. She was wet,” said Fiorelli about his decision to sit with her. “She didn’t have anyone there so I decided to be that person.”

The dog, now named Fiona, is currently receiving treatment for her injuries, which include a pelvic fracture and two broken legs.

 “This police officer showed immense kindness by staying at this dog’s side and giving her some comfort when she was afraid and in severe pain,” said PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes his actions will inspire people always to treat animals with care and compassion.”  

 PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – emphasizes the importance of keeping canine companions indoors with the rest of the family and never leaving them chained up outside or allowing them to run loose around the neighborhood. Dogs should be microchipped, wearing a collar with up-to-date information, and always kept on a leash with a comfortable harness during walks.

  PETA is sending the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan cookies.

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