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.