STONEHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A dog from Stoneham is receiving an award from a major animal rights group after saving a man's life earlier this week.
It happened on Wednesday when Diesel, a German Shepherd, was walking in the woods with his owner Thomas Walsh. Diesel noticed a man had fallen through the ice in Quarter Mile Pond nearby and alerted Walsh -- who was wearing headphones in his ears.
Walsh then safely pulled the man out of the water with the help of another passerby.
PETA is awarding Diesel with the "Heroic Dog Award" -- which includes a framed certificate and a "doggie bag" full of toys and treats for him to enjoy.
"There’s no telling what could have happened that day without Diesel’s determination, sense of urgency, and keen senses,” PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien said in a statement. “PETA recognizes him for saving this man’s life and showing us all how to look out for one another.”
WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) reports.