A dog stranded on a log almost ended up at the bottom of French Creek if not for the quick efforts of Saegertown Volunteer Fire Department on Thursday afternoon.
Fire Chief Matt Smith wasn’t sure how the 7-month-old male dog, possibly a German Shepherd mix, got in the creek or how long it had been in the cold. But he nonetheless sent a few emergency responders floating down the creek for a rescue at about noon.
“It’s one of those public service things you do,” he said. “But I certainly wasn’t putting my guys in danger. We took our time and did it right.”
Creek waters near the bridge were high and quick, Smith said, but the rescue only took about 45 minutes to an hour.
Emergency responders pulled the dog out of the creek and wrapped it in a blanket for pickup by the Crawford County Humane Society.
Humane Officer Sam Fuller, assisted by Alex Hoffman, brought the dog to the society’s veterinary hospital on Park Avenue, Meadville, where it was treated for an ear infection and stabilized.
Nathan Helgert, V.M.D., was the dog’s primary care physician.
Fuller described the dog as having a “tan body, some black fur on its tail, a white streak down its face and on its paws.”
With no collar or identification, the dog will remain at the Humane Society shelter until an owner is located.
“He’ll go on our website under the stray section,” Fuller said. “We hope people will check the website and see his description. We’ll also keep our eye on the newspapers and lost and found (advertisements).”
In the event an owner isn’t found, the dog will eventually be put up for adoption.
Ultimately, Humane Society officials are grateful for the dog’s recovery and the immediate response of Saegertown Volunteer Fire Department.
“I’m glad they rescued the animal so quickly,” said LeRoy Stearns, Humane Society executive director. “Being in cold water for a long time can be deadly to an animal. Their quick response saved its life.”
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