An 8-year-old, blind border collie named Sparky is now safe and sound after being rescued by officers from a frigid pond in New York where he reportedly nearly died.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) fielded several 911 calls about a dog who was possibly drowning in a pond in South Jamaica, Queens, and sent two officers to respond.
Body camera footage captured the rescue, with one officer wading into the chilly water and pushing aside marsh grasses to locate Sparky.
The officer tries to get Sparky to come toward him with encouraging words, but the dog — who had been in the pond for an unknown amount of time — didn’t move.
So the officer waded deeper into the marsh, picked up Sparky, and then hauled him back to a waiting police vehicle, where he quickly covered him with a jacket that the second officer handed him.
The video shows the officers moving to care for the dog and get him situated before the officer asks his partner, “Are you ok?” The rescuer then responds, “I can’t feel anything.”
The officers then transported Sparky for veterinary care and reported that he has since been safely reunited with his guardian.
We applaud NYPD for recognizing the seriousness of these 911 calls and making officers available to help this suffering dog!
We also applaud the caring actions of the officer who was willing to brave cold water and discomfort in order to save a life. For more uplifting news, check out this story about another heartwarming rescue.