Stranded Dog Saved in Swift Water Rescue

Two volunteer teams came to the rescue of a mixed breed dog who was stranded across a Washington state river with fast-moving rapids on Saturday. A woman who had rented a cabin along the Nooksack River could hear the dog barking for her attention, but because of the rushing river, she couldn’t get to him to help. The Washington State Animal Response Team (WSART) responded but needed help with the swift water rescue from the Summit to Sound Search & Rescue. In a complicated effort, the teams worked to get Marcia, one of the rescuers, across the river, where she had to battle steep hills with thorny plants to get to the scared dog and win his trust. Eventually, she was able to secure him by the collar and worked with another rescuer to get him back to the other side of the river, where he was fed and taken to an emergency vet. He was a bit underweight but otherwise healthy. Although he was wearing a collar, the dog did not have tags or a microchip. The Whatcom Humane Society is trying to find his owner, but if one isn’t found, he’ll be put up for adoption. — Read it and see photos from WSART via Facebook

The dog on the far side of the shore barks at the team as they set up.

Posted by Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART) on Sunday, February 28, 2016
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