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Heroes In Blue! See How Police Officers Rescued A Struggling Pup Who Got Stuck In A Pond

When they saw the dog was in dangerous they jumped (and paddled) into action.


When Officer John Kuligowski of Warren County, New Jersey went to work on Wednesday, he wasn't exactly dressed for taking a kayak ride on a local pond.

But, when the station got a call from a concerned neighbor about a dog that was trapped on a nearby pond, Kuligowski, along with Lt. John Kaufmann and Officer Dallas Overko, didn't hesitate to do what they had to do to get the dog to safety.

Here's video of the amazing rescue...

The dog, whose name is Akela, was treading water up to its neck and appeared to be stuck in a thick bed of plants near the pond's surface. The person who called said the boxer/mastiff mix narrowly missed getting hit by a car on the road, and when he was fleeing to safety he ended up in the pond.

Kuligowski borrowed a kayak from the neighbor and quickly paddled out to where Akela was struggling to free himself from the muck.

"The poor thing must have been treading water for a while and not going anywhere," Kaufmann told Lehigh Valley Live.

Officer Kuligowski used a kayak to paddle to the dog and gently guide him to safety. Washington Township Police Department/Facebook

One of the officers recorded the rescue as Kuligowski gently pulled the dog toward the shore from his kayak. Once the dog was close enough, Officer Overko, a K-9 officer, attached a ball used to train K9 officer dogs to the end of a leash and threw it to Akela. Once Kuligowski attached the leash, Overko pulled the dog through some thick grass to safety.

"It was a very heroic rescue," Kaufmann said. "The dog was definitely stuck in something. Officer Kuligowski said at one point she wasn't moving, her leg was stuck in vegetation."

The officers pulled Akela out of the murky water using a leash and a ball used to train K-9 officers.Washington Township Police Department/Facebook

Thankfully, the pup wasn't injured during the rescue and seemed in good spirits once he was back on solid ground. While the officers couldn't locate Akela's owners at first, according to a Facebook update they've been reunited.

The department later shared the rescue video to Facebook where it got hundreds of reactions and positive comments from the community.

"Outstanding! You never know how your day is going to be as a Police Officer! This is a good stuff," one person wrote.

"Such kind gentleman," another user commented. "Our Washington Twp. Police are truly the best. Thank you so much for all you do everyday. Amazing rescue!!"

From left: Chief Thomas Cicerelle, Officer John Kuligowski and Officer Dallas Overko worked together to rescue Akela. Washington Township Police Department/Facebook

What an inspiring story of everyday heroes stepping up to help their town's four-legged citizens. Kudos to everyone involved!

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