A dog battles through turbulent waters for hours as the heroes spring into action

UPDATE 01/04/2022 –

Now that the dog and woman who fell into the Los Angeles River have been rescued, they’ve done an interview about the chilling situation. Both appear to be in good health after the traumatic event and hopefully never have to go through anything like this again.

Angela Buono’s dog is a German Shepherd mix named Scooby. Scooby is a rescue dog who gets nervous easily, so he was hesitant to let strangers help him.


When rescuers first came to pick up Buono, she was horrified. She made the officials promise that they would save Scooby if she let him go. Fortunately, they finally kept their promise. Buono is grateful the firefighters were so determined to save her dog, but watching Scooby get pulled away from her was a nightmare.

“I saw the guy coming from the helicopter, and he informed me that I had to release [Scooby]. He assured me – I kept asking him if he was going to come back for the dog. I saw him get swept away, and that was probably one of the scariest things ever,” Buono said.

Dog rescued from LA River
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Scooby was rescued about nine miles from where he first fell, but firefighters never stopped trying to save him. Thanks to their hard work, Scooby and Buono can now watch the rescue footage from the comfort of their home.

Buono was hesitant to interview because she said a lot of people sent her hate messages. But no one knows the whole story, and Buono is clearly a good dog parent who loves his dog very much. So instead of making assumptions about this traumatic event, let’s be grateful that everyone involved is now safe.

The dog kisses his mother
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Original post –

When a dog is in danger, most people want to come to their rescue. But in some scenarios, saving the dog just puts you both in danger. During water rescues, officials urge the public to call for help instead of attempting the rescue themselves.

A dog was swept away by the rushing waters of the Los Angeles River, which put two people in danger. It took at least two hours, but firefighters were able to save the dog and all the humans involved.

dog stuck in the river

dog in distress

It’s unclear how it happened, but the Los Angeles Fire Department received multiple reports of a woman and her dog being trapped in the river. The dog had probably fallen in, so his owner came in after him. The dog’s owner, a 35-year-old woman, was rescued within half an hour, but the dog was reluctant to receive help.

As firefighters tried to save the dog, a man jumped into the water after the dog. He didn’t know the dog, but he wanted to help in any way he could. Unfortunately, the puppy got so scared that he bit the man who was trying to save him. So the man was forced to let go of the dog, sending the pup further down the river.

Since the man was now in danger, rescuers needed to focus on rescuing him before returning to the dog. Even though the man had good intentions, he ended up becoming another victim who needed saving. Rescuers were able to bring the man to shore using a helicopter.

A man saves a dog in danger

“We know this person meant well and obviously other people are very concerned about this dog, you better believe we are too. But when civilians respond without the proper personal protective equipment and training to perform a rescue, they often become patients themselves,” said Captain II Erik Scott.

hours of hard work

Once the man was safe, the firefighters returned to help the dog. No matter how many times they tried to save the dog, the pup always fought back out of fear. The rescue team explained that such problems are common when rescuing dogs, which makes helping them more difficult.

“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 for which we don’t want people rushing for these dogs because they’re obviously scared,” Scott said.

Fire crew save dog from river

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The firefighters refused to give up. After about two hours of trying to save the dog, they finally got him to safety. Although incredibly anxious, the dog was not injured. Its owner was also fine, but the man who jumped had to go to hospital with minor injuries.

Keeping your dog out of fast-flowing water is the best way to protect him, but if he falls in it, the best thing to do is call for help. It’s tempting to jump after them, but doing so could delay the rescue process because managers need to save humans before dogs in situations like this. So keep that in mind if you and your pup are ever in a stressful situation like this.

Watch the incredible rescue here:

H/T: fox10phoenix.com
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