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Police officers get into a canal to save a drowning dog

This is Sarge. He is a senior rescue dog who is love for adventures sometimes leads to trouble. He is usually able to escape tricky situations on his own. But recently he got trapped in a canal and needed all the help he could get.

When Lighthouse Point Police Department (LHPPD) received a call about a dog struggling to swim in the canal, officers rushed to the scene. After some searching for a few minutes, they finally spotted the distressed pup.
Officer Sara Gianino said that he couldn’t get out because the sea wall was so high and the tide was so low. “And it didn’t seem like he could swim for much longer.”


The officers couldn’t find a spot along the perimeter of the canal to stand on. Running out of time they had to choose the only option available. The broken dock was the best chance to get the pup out of the water.

You can see the rescue here

The officers navigated down the broken dock and then they decided to take off their gear and jumped in to save him. Officer Gianino jumped in first and attempted to lift the dog to her partner on the dock. While she was doing so, an unsuspecting family happened to sail by on their boat. One of the members, Charles King saw the situation happening and immediately decided to jump into the water to help.

King and Gianino grabbed Sarge and swam with him. They worked together to lift the 80-pound pup out of the water while Steinkamp, who was balanced on the broken dock, reached out for him.

Luckily Steinkamp grabbed Sarge’s collar and pull him up to her. Sarge’s tail started to wag happily as soon as his paws touched the dock, knowing that he is finally safe. Steinkamp greeted him with a few gentle pats on his back. He knew everything was finally going okay! “He was so happy to be out,” Gianino said. “He was super cheerful.”

Sarge reunited with his mom, Alex Griffin and his girlfriend Jenny. Thankfully, he was finally safe at home. Now he can start chewing his favourite toys and taking naps with his people back again. And now his humans keep in touch about him, making sure he doesn’t get into hot water again.


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