Policeman hailed a hero after rescuing a freezing dog from the Erie Canal

Would you crawl over an icy channel to rescue a distressed puppy? Sgt. Gray did not hesitate to do this. He put his life in danger to freeze a dog. He has proved that it is worth saving every life – especially that of our four-legged friends.

A dog in need

Travis Gray was on call when he received a report that no animal lover wants: there was a dog in need. A citizen of Spencerport near Bowery Street called the Ogden Police Department after hearing a dog out of fear. Sgt. Gray was the first to respond to the incident. Luckily, he successfully tracked down the dog. The scene, however, was more terrifying than he could have imagined.

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The dog, Shepard-Rottweiler-Mix, was not unscathed at Sgt. Gray's arrival The poor boy had fallen into the icy waters of the Erie Canal. Without action, the dog would quickly freeze in cold water. Sgt. Gray called the fire department quickly, but he knew he could not stand by and wait for their arrival.

The life-saving decision

By the time that Sgt. Travis found the puppy, the dog had been in the water for nearly 20 minutes. The officer realized that the dog might not have had enough time to be rescued by the firefighters. So he did what a dedicated dog lover would do: he tried to find ways to save the dog.

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Sgt sacrifices his own safety. Travis decided to ride the ice and get the dog. Sgt. Gray slipped on hands and knees across the treacherous surface of the ice. He only used a flashlight to lead himself under the broken ice to the frightened dog. Despite the possibility of the crash, Sgt. Gray refused to let the frightened dog suffer any longer.

Risky rescue of the puppy

Sgt. Gray filmed his journey across the ice, including the touching moment where he finally reached the frightened dog without falling into the cold water. As the boy gasped and cried, he offered comforting words and a warm hug. The heroic officer had risked his life to save the dog, but he did not regret his decision.

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"As it howled, his ears were covered with ice, I just decided to, I could not wait," he said. After saving the supercooled puppy, the EMTs cuddled in the scene rescued dog in blankets to increase its temperature. Fortunately, his condition improved and the dog was taken to an animal shelter where he was brought together with his owners the next day.


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