A chubby, blind, elderly dog is lucky to be alive today after he fell into Florida's Biscayne Bay on Monday, reported the Miami Herald.
The portly senior, described as a chihuahua-cocker spaniel mix, was first spotted by residents of Miami Beach’s Venetian Islands who were unable to reach the dog who was struggling in the water.
Help for the senior dog came from Officer Vicente Canete with Miami Beach Police Department’s Marine Patrol.
Officer Canete utilized a 32-foot contender boat to slowly idle up to the 11-year-old dog, named "Frankie," who was paddling in the bay.
Frankie seemed to realize that the big boat which was approaching meant help - Officer Canete noted that the little dog did not get frightened and try to escape, instead, he swam right up to the boat...close enough to be pulled from the water.
Officer Canete told the Miami Herald:
A pet’s part of the family, and when they go missing it’s a real hardship,
It’s rewarding because you saved a life.”
After Frankie was plucked from the bay, he was taken to shore and transported to a veterinary clinic where he could be scanned for an identifying microchip - fortunately, one was found.
The information on the microchip led officers to Frankie's owners, Melissa and Jeremiah Heffron.
Frankie had been staying with Melissa Heffron's parents and he somehow had managed to maneuver his way through a door and through a neighbor's yard to the water, which he reportedly "loves."
Frankie's relieved guardians were thrilled with the efforts of the authorities who went above and beyond to rescue their little dog and get him safely back home.
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