PETA to honor Houston man who died rescuing sister’s cat during Harvey

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A man who lost his life in an attempt to rescue his sister’s cat during Hurricane Harvey will be honored by PETA Friday.

Andrew Pasek, who died Aug. 29 after being electrocuted by a live wire hidden by Harvey’s floodwaters, will be honored on the Tree of Life at PETA’s headquarters in Norfolk, Va.

Pasek, 26, left his home in northwest Houston and waded through knee-deep water in Bear Creek Village trying to rescue his sister’s cat, D’Artagnan.

Alyssa Pasek’s home had already flooded, and her neighborhood was under voluntary evacuation orders, when her brother — who had a dog and cat of his own — went back with a friend to fetch D’Artagnan.

“The world lost a kind soul when Andrew Pasek lost his life to keep an animal from suffering,” said Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, in a statement Monday. “PETA hopes his legacy of compassion will inspire people to care for animals during times of crisis.”


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