LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Fire Department crews have safely removed a dog from the Los Angles River in a spectacular rescue mission.
Earlier Monday afternoon, crews made multiple efforts to get the dog to safety, with the first call for help being made around 2:15 p.m. The owner of the dog, a 35-year-old woman, has since been rescued.
Before pulling the dog out of the water and bringing it to safety in Studio City, crews were urging Los Angeles residents to stay away and not attempt to save the dog. It comes after a 28-year-old bystander had to be rescued himself after jumping into the water in an attempt to save the dog.
A dog is at the center of a desperate rescue mission after being swept away in the waters of the LA River. (FOX 11)
Captain II Erik Scott of the LAFD held a press conference after the rescue. Scott is now begging the public to leave it to the pros when it comes to water rescues like the one that took place on Monday.
“We know that person meant well and obviously other people are very concerned about that dog, you better believe we are too. But when civilians come in who don’t have the personal protective equipment and the proper training to perform a rescue, they often become patients themselves,” Scott said.
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The dog bit the 28-year-old and continued downstream as the unidentified 28-year-old was rescued.
“The poor dog was very tired, very scared, and the more people there were, the more scared he was, and he bit this well-meaning 28-year-old man who was trying to help him, and that’s another reason why we don’t. I don’t want people rushing for these dogs because they’re obviously scared,” Scott said.
The dog was eventually rescued from the LA River in what was believed to be a 2.5 hour rescue mission.
“A lot of people love their animals and so do we, but if you do something that’s going to put you in danger, the fire department will go to the people first, and then to the animals. It’s just human safety. first,” Officer Armando said. Navarrete.
The dog was transported to the East Valley Animal Shelter where he will be assessed. He is a German Shepherd mix and his age is unknown at this time.
Los Angeles Fire Department officials said they were unable to confirm whether the woman, who owned the dog, was homeless.
MULTIPLE RESCUE ATTEMPTS IN LA RIVER
Prior to the dog’s rescue, LAFD said a rope system was used earlier to lower a firefighter over the edge, where the dog’s owner was able to get his hands on a rescue ring. However, authorities said the woman abandoned the lifeline so she could hold on to her dog.
A lifeguard was then lowered from the helicopter and was able to secure the woman; however, the dog fought the rescuer and went on a rampage.
It was then that a passerby jumped into the river and grabbed the dog for about 15 minutes. However, the dog escaped and continued to descend with the current.
The rescue mission ended with two people – the woman and the man jumping into the water – and the dog was rescued from danger.
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