A rescue story straight from one of our Animal Control Officers! We are grateful for the life saving work our officers perform in the field. And thankfully a happy ending for all! Thank you again Officer Mitchell and Officer Lopez!
Posted • .mamabear Dispatch called stating a mechanic shop had two dogs trapped surrounded by water behind their facility. Officer Mitchell (myself) and partner (Officer Lopez) promptly responded. When we arrived on scene a family was frantically staring down into the canal. They had just found their dogs they had been searching for all night and were helplessly watching them drown. Both had been trapped in the canal, badly flooded by the storm. The original party stated they were there most of the night. The dogs were exhausted from swimming and frantically gripping, (to the point of their paws bleeding) onto the only available relief from swimming available. Officer Lopez quickly grabbed bolt cutters and we worked on cutting the chain to gain access. Once we were able to open the fencing I climbed down into the canal with a control pole. In these situations a scared dog may bite and this was the safest option as the dogs kept falling back into the water and did not have much energy left in them. Quickly the first dog was looped and lifted from the water. The dog owner and Officer Lopez assisted in pulling the first dog up the canal wall. She then took the dog to dry and warm up. Fire then arrived on scene to assist. The second dog had fallen back into the water but I was quickly able to loop him. Fire and the dog owner assisted in lifting her out of the canal. Thankfully fire assisted because I couldn’t pull myself out of the canal. The family was over-joyed their dogs were safe and everyone returned home.