A police officer saved a Labrador who was being swept away in a canal in Gilbert, Arizona.
On Thursday morning, July 9, police officer Mikel Curtis sought the help of two female joggers to rescue a chocolate Labrador who was being swept away in a southeast Valley canal.
The joggers held Curtis’ gun belt to prevent him falling into the water while he leaned over the canal. The officer used a snare catchpole to catch the Lab and pulled her out of the water to safety.
“She just laid there. She was exhausted. She wasn’t aggressive at all,” Curtis said.
The police officer said the original caller told police that there were two Labs in the canal who needed to be rescued. But by the time Curtis arrived, he said the male black Lab was already out of the water and was following the female Lab, who was being carried away by the current. Curtis said it was quite obvious that the male Lab cared very much for the female Labrador.
Curtis thinks the male Lab climbed out of the canal because he had bloody paws. The female Labrador appeared pregnant, said Kim Kelly, a Gilbert police crime prevention officer.
Kelly and Sherry Nielsen, the two joggers who helped Curtis, cleaned the sweet Labrador couple up and gave them water. They also posted pictures of the dogs on social media.
Thanks to Curtis, Kelly and Sherry the Labradors are now safe! The dogs have reunited with their owners thanks to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.
Melissa Gable, spokeswoman for MCAC, said the Labradors’ owner somehow realized that Officer Curtis had rescued his dogs –whether it was through social media, word of mouth, or some other way.
Gable said the dog owner went to the Gilbert police station and was told the Labradors had just been handed over to Animal Control.
The Labradors were still in transit when the owner called Animal Control, so an officer delivered the dogs directly to their owner instead of taking them to the East Valley shelter in Mesa.
Gable said the dog owner did not want to speak to reporters.
Police officer Curtis said the Labradors probably ran away from a house in the area. He also said thatthe dogs had collars but no tags and were not identified with microchips.
“It made me feel great,” Curtis said “it’s a great way to start the day.”
Thank you for saving these Labbies, Officer Curtis!
Image and article source: AZ Central