Drowning Pup Pulled From Icy Hudson River

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 2:00pm

A frightened, shivering dog was recently pulled from the icy waters of the Hudson River after being trapped under a pier for more than 30 minutes.

On January 7, members of the NYPD Harbor Unit responded to a frantic 911 call that a German Shepherd had fallen into the river while on a morning walk. The Hudson’s high tide and strong northern current meant the officers had to take immediate action. Without hesitation, Detective Matthew Sherman, an NYPD scuba diver, dove into the 45 degree water and brought the eight-year-old dog, Chloe, to safety.

“Chloe fought long and hard to stay alive—and luckily for her, the NYPD put aside their safety to rescue her from the dangerous water,” says Joseph Pentangelo, ASPCA Assistant Director of Humane Law Enforcement. “All parties should be recognized for their heroism and tenacity.”

After a warm bath, a hearty meal and quality cuddle time with her grateful family, Chloe was back in high spirits, her pet parent told news sources.

The ASPCA would like to commend the NYPD for taking swift and courageous action in this case. Says Pentangelo, “Their commitment to both two- and four-legged New Yorkers has once again been illustrated.”

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