Police rescue dog neck-deep in mucky water after nearly getting hit by car

In Washington Township, New Jersey, Wednesday didn’t start out as such a great day for a neighborhood dog named Akela. The gray boxer/mastiff mix narrowly avoided being struck by a car and then headed for a nearby pond when he got stuck – neck-deep in the mud.

According to the Washington Township, Warren County police, someone called in and reported spotting Akela stuck in the pond struggling to get free. He had become entangled in the plants and his head would at times go under the water.

And that’s when the police sprung into action. Officer John Kuligowski borrowed a kayak from a neighbor and paddled out to the dog. Washington Township Police Chief Thomas Cicerelle and Officer Dallas Overko aided in the rescue as they tied a ball used to train K9s at the end of a long leash, threw it to the first officer and helped to guide the kayak back to the shore with Akela in tow.

Why not stop by on the Washington Township Police Department’s Facebook page and give them a “high five” for helping those who cannot speak?

Check out the video:

Today our officers were called for a k9 in distress. Akela, a gray boxer/mastiff had gotten loose and found herself stuck neck deep in some mucky water in a local pond. Officer John Kuligowski found a nearby kayak and with the help of Chief Thomas Cicerelle and Officer Dallas Overko, they were able to rescue Akela and bring her safely to shore. Akela was in high spirits after her ordeal and even posed for a few quick pictures before being turned over to Animal Control Solutions. Akela’s owners have still not been located. She was rescued in the area of Brass Castle Rd and Jonestown Rd. If anyone knows who Akela belongs to please have them contact Animal Control Solutions @ 908-722-1271 or Washington Township Police.

Posted by Washington Township Police Department on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Fortunately, Akela was not injured and when she arrived back on shore, – shook herself out and seemed no worse for the scary experience.

Now to find Akela’s owners.

Please contact the Animal Control Solutions at 908.722.1271 or Washington Township Police at 908.689.1630.

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