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Dog chained to a tree in rising water is rescued by animal control officer

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An alert animal control officer in Atlanta, Ga., is credited with saving the life of a chained dog who was struggling to keep his head above water in a rain-swollen creek, reported Tuesday's Action News Jax.

Anthony Defore, an animal control officer with Fulton County Animal Services, was patrolling an area near Wesley Drive and Howell Mill when he noticed something moving in the water of Peachtree Creek.

Defore shared what he saw on the Friends of Fulton County Animal Services Facebook page:

When I looked closer I saw it was a dog up to his neck in the water. Someone had tied him to a tree along the river side with the heavy rain the water level had came up a lot.

So I had to make a decision to either call for the fire department and hope they get there soon or go in. I chose not to chance it and go in after him.

Defore entered the cold water, pulled the dog up and untied the rope that held him in place.

The dog, dubbed "River," was initially frantic from the traumatic ordeal, but he calmed down and Defore then transported him back to the animal control facility for further care.

Defore stated:

The only thing is why would someone do this to such a gentle caring dog he's five years old, neutered, and - get this - microchipped but no one is wanting to claim him. This is why I do my job.

The rescued dog is now up for adoption - he has been diagnosed with heart worms and hopefully, someone will offer him a new home and get him taken in for treatment.

Click here to find the Friends of Fulton County Animal Services on Facebook.

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