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Heroes in Brown: 7 UPS Drivers Who Stepped Up to Save Animals

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4. The UPS Driver Who Saved a Dog Dangling from an Apartment Window

Hector Matta was making his UPS deliveries in Boston’s South End in September 2012 when he noticed something odd. It was a dog, sort of dangling from a second story window of an apartment building.

“I just happened to make a delivery and look up and see this dog on the window shaking,” Matta told WHDH. “I just tried to do the best I could with the dog because I felt bad for him.”

The dog had apparently nosed his way out through a hole in the window’s screen and couldn’t get back inside. Matta said the dog was shivering and “hanging on for dear life.”

UPS driver Hector Matta climbs ladder to save frightened dog. Photo credit: WHDH News

Matta grabbed a ladder from a nearby construction site, leaned it against the apartment building, climbed up and pushed the dog back to safety through the hole in the screen.

Matta doesn’t see himself as a hero. “I love dogs — I love animals. It’s nothing for me, this is what I do,” he said.

5. The UPS Driver Who Saved Two Starving Horses and a Dog

An unnamed UPS driver making deliveries in Mescal, Ariz., in July 2013 couldn’t turn away from what he saw at one stop. Two horses and a dog on the rural property were obviously starving to death. They had neither water nor food. They were penned in and unable to forage for themselves. Somebody was clearly living there, but ignoring the animals’ needs.

The driver immediately called police, and it’s a good thing he did.

“This was an emergency situation,” Police Detective Robin Crehan told KGUN News. “These animals could not have continued for a substantial period of time under the conditions they were living in.”

The owner is facing three counts of felony animal cruelty charges. The dog has since been adopted, and the horses are being cared for by a rescue group. Without the UPS driver who was willing to act, they might all be dead now.

6. The UPS Driver Who Saved an Abandoned Chihuahua Tied to a Gutter

An unnamed UPS driver turned out to be a knight in shining armor in August 2009 for one defenseless little Chihuahua mix in Waterbury, Conn. The driver spotted the little dog tied to a sewer drain in the blazing summer heat in a remote industrial park.

He immediately took the dog to a nearby spay and neuter clinic. The Chihuahua was obviously malnourished, dehydrated and weighed a mere 4.5 pounds when found. He was also blind in one eye. The clinic said the dog would have died had the driver not brought him in that day.

Abandoned dog comforted by Animal Control officer

Romeo being comforted by animal control officer after rescue. Photo credit: WTNH News

“I cried, honestly,” Robin Kane of the H.O.P.E. Spay and Neuter Clinic told WTNH News. “I thought to myself ‘how on earth can somebody do this to this poor boy?’”

The clinic staff named the dog Romeo and said he perked up once they gave him some loving care and got some water and food into him. It was a close call, but an anonymous UPS driver saved little Romeo’s life that day.

7. The UPS Driver Who Risked His Life To Save a Lost Dog on a Busy Freeway

UPS driver Shane Kenzig was stuck in bumper to bumper rush hour traffic near Pittsburgh, Pa., in August 2013 when he saw something that would make anyone’s heart freeze. A small, frightened cocker spaniel was wandering around on the freeway, unsure of where to go.

Several drivers called to the dog to try to get it into their cars, but it wasn’t working. Kensig couldn’t bear to let the dog get hit, so he did what nobody else would. He actually pulled off the highway, got out of his vehicle, and amid all the traffic, managed to get the dog to come to him.

“I had a dog once and it got hit by a car. I know how I felt,” Kenzig told Teamster Magazine. “I didn’t know if it was some little kid’s dog and I didn’t want them to be upset when they found out their dog got hit on the parkway.”

A local TV crew happened to be a few cars ahead of Kenzig as this story unfolded, so the good deed got TV news coverage that night:

Hats off to the hard working men and women in brown. You just never know when one of them might save your best friend’s life.

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5:23AM PDT on Sep 24, 2015

thanks for the article.

4:49AM PDT on Aug 30, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

10:16AM PST on Feb 3, 2014

I am going to switch to UPS to carry my packages. Everyone should want more from those who can. Thanks UPS

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7:10AM PST on Dec 21, 2013

This is wonderful! Major kudos to these guys - who work incredibly hard, long hours and are always under a lot of time-pressure - for having their priorities straight and doing the right thing, even if they risked disciplinary action at work for it. (My husband is a UPS man and a vegan, so he saves animals every day!) :-)

6:44PM PST on Dec 20, 2013

great article--ty!

1:56AM PST on Dec 18, 2013

These are real humans and deserve recognition and happiness in their lives!! God bless them !!

9:26PM PST on Dec 11, 2013

Hurrah for UPS women and men performing double duty as package deliverers and animal rescuers! These people risked their lives to save dogs and horses and to get them adequate help in the proper place. They deserve our utmost respect for their efforts and kindness toward all animals!

7:31PM PST on Dec 9, 2013

These drivers deserve a Christmas bonus!

5:03PM PST on Dec 9, 2013

Courageous & Caring Heroes :) Thanks for Sharing.

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