Thursday 14 December 2017

Police save cute little dog from a lagoon not once, but twice

A Milwaukee police officer ended up diving into the weed-filled lagoon, where the pup was tangled in fishing line. Hero.

The officer was hailed on social media for saving the puppy (GBlakeley/Getty Images)
The officer was hailed on social media for saving the puppy (GBlakeley/Getty Images)

By Georgia Humphreys

Police in the US are looking for the owners of a dog which they rescued twice from a lagoon.

Milwaukee Police Officers Joe Spingola and Mike Smith were in the city’s McGovern Park, talking with some kids who were fishing, when they heard a splash.

They spotted a small brown poodle mix had fallen below the weeds and lily pads – but luckily they managed to reach in and pull the pup out.

However, that was only the start of the rescue, as the plucky dog bounced off straight away towards where several families were playing, and the officers heard the dog jump back into the lagoon with a splash.

Officer rescues dog from lagoon, twice

MILWAUKEE POLICE OFFICER RESCUES DOG FROM LAGOON, TWICEMilwaukee Police Officers Joe Spingola and Mike Smith were in McGovern Park on the city's north side around 6pm Wednesday evening, talking with some kids who were fishing in the lagoon. That’s when they heard a splash. Looking around to find what it was, they saw movement below the weeds and lily pads. A small dog had fallen into the lagoon.Officers Spingola and Smith ran over to it and Officer Spingola managed to reach in and pull the dog out of the water. As soon as the dog’s feet hit the ground, without so much as a thank you, it ran off towards the tot lot where several families were playing.Minutes later, there was another splash. The dog jumped back into the water. This time it swam straight out to the middle of the lagoon.Their snare was too short to reach the dog. A county parks employee had a net, but it too was too short. The owners were nowhere to be found. Officer Smith radioed for a Milwaukee Fire Department boat.While waiting for the boat, they were trying to coax the dog back to shore. After a few minutes the officers could see the animal was starting to struggle in the thick weeds and muck. That’s when Officer Spingola said he had to go in.As Officer Spingola was swimming towards the dog, the dog was struggling to keep afloat. When he reached him, the dog was wrapped up in the weeds, tangled in fishing line and had a hook and bobber hanging from him. Officer Smith kept a watchful eye from shore.A few feet off the shore the water is only a few feet deep, but then there is a huge drop off to an unknown depth. Deeper than the officer is tall, requiring him to swim. Swimming back to shore with the dog, Officer Spingola kept getting tangled up in the weeds too.The dog was taken to the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission to be checked out. It appears to be a happy and healthy eight year old brown poodle mix. MADACC is hopping the owner will come forward. If this is your dog you can contact MADACC at 414-649-8640.

Posted by Milwaukee Police Department on Thursday, July 6, 2017

And this time it wasn’t as straightforward a rescue.

With its owners nowhere to be seen, the dog swam out to the middle of the lagoon. The officers’ snare was too short to reach it – as was a net owned by a county parks employee.

In the end, the animal was struggling so much to get back to shore, wrapped up in weeds and also tangled in fishing line, that Office Spingola dived in. And let’s just say that lagoon does not look like an enjoyable place to swim…

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But he successfully untangled the dog and swam back to the shore with it in his arms. And luckily, after being taken to the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission to be checked out, the animal appears to be happy and healthy.

Police are now appealing for its owners to come forward – fingers crossed they find them.

Meanwhile, thankful people reacted to Milwaukee Police’s Facebook post about the rescue, commenting “hero” and “thankyou for saving the little guy”.

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