Evansville recycler wins PETA award

Posted by Amanda Lents

Evansville recycling company Smurfit-Stone will receive PETA's Compassionate Business Award for saving the life of a puppy, who somehow survived the repeated ramming of a cardboard compactor that exerts 35,000 pounds of pressure, and for pledging to place the discarded dog in a loving home.

According to news reports, on June 13, Smurfit-Stone equipment operator Dan Vallier noticed the head of a puppy peering out from a load of cardboard that had just been crushed in a truck's compactor.

Miraculously, the dog suffered only a bruised foot.

Workers at the plant couldn't adopt the dog because a cat has already "adopted" them, so they've pledged to find the lucky puppy a loving home.

The Smurfit-Stone employees will receive a framed award and a thank-you card signed by PETA staffers.

"Thanks to the heads-up actions of Mr. Vallier-and a big stroke of luck-this puppy is finally going to get the love that she deserves," said PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch.

"We commend everyone at Smurfit-Stone, and we hope that their compassion serves as an example to other businesses. People should always take the time to come to the aid of an animal in need," adds Nachminovitch.