Four Puppies Saved in Sheffield, England
February 2009

On 8 February, 38-year-old Steven Feeney was walking along the canal before lunch when he noticed some movement within a supermarket carrier bag. The bag was weighed down with a paving slab and was positioned approximately 20 feet from the side of the canal bank. Steven heard squealing and knew there were animals inside. Unable to reach them, he alerted the RSPCA and, knowing the ice could melt or crack at any moment, ran to a nearby sports stadium to borrow equipment to help with the rescue. Back at the scene, the RSPCA arrived, followed by the fire crew, Darnall Green Watch, which skilfully brought the animals to safety with a pole and net. It was only then that rescuers discovered that the animals were puppies – Rottweilers who were only 3 or 4 days old! They were fortunate that they didn't get hypothermia. Thanks to the determination and compassion of Steven Feeney and the Darnall Green Watch, all four puppies are doing well in foster homes.

Station Manager Kev Ronan presents the Hero to Animals Award to Crew Manager Chris Lally (front right) and the Darnall Green Watch.

Station Manager Kev Ronan presents the Hero to Animals Award to Crew Manager Chris Lally (front right) and the Darnall Green Watch.