GRANDIN, N.D. - Photographer Carlos Pacheco has earned a Compassionate Action Award from PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Pacheco who was photographing a controlled fire in rural Grandin on Oct. 15, when he heard meowing and spotted two tiny kittens-one inside the fire and the other nearby, according to a release from PETA.

Grandin is about 30 miles north of Fargo.

Pacheco shielded himself from the extreme heat with his jacket, used a stick to pull the one kitten from the fire, and rushed both of them to the Cat's Cradle animal shelter in Fargo for veterinary care, they release stated.

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The kittens are being treated for burns and smoke inhalation, and are expected to recover. Pacheco is adopting them.

Pacheco, who lives just outside the Fargo/Moorhead area, teaches photography at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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