On Monday, March 28, the Los Angeles Fire Department received calls about a dog who was stuck in the LA River during heavy rainfall and wind in the LA county area. Not only did this storm impact drivers who were dealing with stalled cars after attempting to drive through flooded roads, but a poor dog named Scooby and his owner were being swept away in the river near Burbank Boulevard. The water rescue team worked meticulously to save the 35-year-old woman and her dog in a dramatic rescue mission.
Because of the dangerous nature of the river, crews were urging people in Los Angeles to stay away and do not attempt to save the dog. This announcement followed after a 28-year-old male bystander had to be rescued himself after jumping into the water to try and save the canine.
Captain II Erik Scott from LAFD held a press conference after the rescue and was urging the public to leave it to the crew members only when it comes to water rescues like the one that took place in the LA River.
“We know that individual was well-intentioned as well as other people are obviously very concerned about that canine, you better believe we are too. But when civilians jump in who don’t have the proper personal protective equipment and training to effect a rescue, they often become patients themselves,” Scott said in the interview.
The dog’s owner, a 35-year-old woman, was first saved and brought to safety, but sadly, Scooby broke free at first and continued to be swept down the river. Crew members of the Los Angeles Fire Department remained determined in their efforts and made multiple attempts to get the dog back to safety, working through the less than ideal weather conditions.
After an exhausting and extensive 2-hour rescue mission, rescuers were finally successful in pulling the poor dog out of the river. The dog was taken to an animal hospital for a health evaluation. Fire officials say that Scooby will soon be reunited with his owner after he visits the vet. The LAPD wants this scary situation to serve as a reminder to the public to stay out of the LA River and keep their pets at a safe distance to prevent something like this from ever happening again in the future.