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Most dog owners have experienced their pet dogs escaping their house at least once or twice. Dogs are naturally curious animals who will find a way to escape your home and go wandering around the neighborhood. For dog owners, nothing can be more frightening to come home to an empty yard where your dog used to wait for you.

In Pinellas Park, Florida, a dog was seen wandering through a canal. The people residing nearby saw that the dog seemed lost and looked scared. The dog was also injured and had a noticeable limp on two legs. The dog also bled on his side. The people also noticed that he was quite skinny, suggesting that it had been wandering as a stray for quite some time.

Samantha Marcotte, one of the people living nearby, decided to comfort the dog until help arrives by keeping the pooch company. Samantha jumped over the fence and stayed with the dog. Samantha, also a dog owner, stated that she was heartbroken after seeing how confused and scared the dog was at that canal.

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The people nearby noticed the dog at around eight in the morning. It meant that it was too early for animal services to be open. So, they decided to call the local non-emergency number for Pinellas Park police station. After about ten minutes of waiting, an officer arrived.

The police officer didn’t hesitate to jump over the canal fence and wade through dirty water to retrieve the scared pooch. The police officer gently talked to the dog and let the dog smell his hand to calm him and also to ensure the dog that he’s friendly. The dog seemed trained, but it had no collar. It was intelligent and also very gentle.

Once the officer carried the dog to safety, the dog was so happy that he showed his belly to his rescuers, which is a sign of trust for dogs. The dog also knew basic commands. The rescued pooch was taken to the nearby shelter, where he was fed and given a roof over his head. Here’s a heartwarming short video of the police officer showed compassion and rescued the scared dog trapped in a canal. It also serves to remind us as dog owners to have our pets microchipped, so they can have a better chance to get home if they get lost.

Video Source ABC Action News via YouTube

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