Fairfield man, teen given award for rescuing ducklings

FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - A Fairfield man and a teenager are being honored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for rescuing a group of ducklings.

Anthony Robbins took action after eight ducklings had fallen through a sewer gate earlier this week. Robbins went into the sewer and rescued the ducklings using a pool skimmer. Robbins is receiving the Compassionate Action Award from PETA. A 7th grader, Michael Ritchie, is also being recognized by PETA for rescuing the eighth duckling.

After the rescue, a local animal control officer took the ducklings to their mother, who had retreated into a nearby yard. At last report, the ducklings were safe and resting near a pond with their mother.

"Thanks to Anthony and Michael's quick thinking, what could have been a tragedy for an entire family of ducks had a happy ending," says PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. "We hope that their kind deed will inspire others to jump in when they see animals in distress."

Each of the young men will receive a thank-you letter and a framed certificate.

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