In the popular imagination, rescuing a trapped animal is as a simple as a firefighter climbing a ladder to take a cat out of a tree, but the reality is often much more complicated.

 Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART) recently documented the sometimes complex and dangerous process on Facebook, sharing photos of the daring rescue of a dog that had been stuck for days between a raging river and a steep, rocky incline.

To safely reach the dog, the rescuers had to first send over a lone swimmer with a guideline while other team members either acted as lookouts or traveled farther downstream to offer help in case something went wrong. A second rescuer then waded across the river with the equipment that would hopefully carry the dog back to the other side.

Possibly the greatest challenge, however, was coaxing the frightened dog back down to the river. After several failed attempts, a rescuer named Marcia managed to grab the pup. Next, the rescuers secured an emergency muzzle around the dog's snout and set about ferrying him across the river.

Photos Facebook WASART

"Marcia and the dog ended up on the water as the responder side team hauled on the ropes as fast as they could to get the pair over," wrote WASART on Facebook. "Marcia held on to the raft with one hand and kept the dog's head above the water with the other."Soon, however, the dog was back on dry land, shaking himself off on the river's shore.

Safely on the other side, the dog was then taken to a vet for an emergency checkup.

Responses to "Rescuers Brave Raging Floodwaters To Save Stranded Dog"

  1. Unknown says:

    They are all heroes. What a pity they are not rewarded more for their compassion.

  2. I'm glad there are still heroes like this in the world. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Unknown says:

    What a wonderful story. Very brave of them. God Bless them

  4. Outstanding and brave. Thank you

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