A Drowning Dog Was Rescued from White Rock Lake by a Fast-Thinking Animal Control Officer

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Dallas Animal Services
All in a day's work.
We can't make you unsee our post about Ricky Davis, the Fort Worth man who raped a 12-year-old family friend. What we can do instead is offer the heartwarming story of Dallas animal control officer Lee Pogue in hopes of balancing out some of the soul-killing negativity we just put into the world.

Pogue, according to a Dallas Animal Service Facebook post, was dispatched to White Rock Lake in response to a report of a drowning dog -- a schnauzer mix of some sort, by the looks of him. Problem was, the dog was too far from the shore to reach. It seemed as if the poor, struggling creature was condemned to a watery grave.

Not on Pogue's watch. He talked the nearby canoe-rental guy out of one of his vessels, then quickly paddled to the dog's rescue. Pogue and the animal returned to shore safely.

You're welcome.

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n8thegr8
n8thegr8

it was great. i saw the whole thing. a floater-by notified White Rock Paddle Co-workers Ben and Stephanie of the dog stranded on the pier under mockingbird (& not drowning as stated). Ben paddled out there to calm the dog. I watched him make multiple trips with doggie treats to calm the dog down. Just as he was about to lure the dog into his boat, an "animal rescue" guy (Pogue) complete with news crew, ran up and yelled to tell Ben to stop. Pogue told Ben to not touch the dog, even though the dog was finally comfortable with Ben! So Ben, being the un-sung hero in my opinion, paddled back to shore & trained Pogue on how to paddle. Pogue finally made his way to the dog & yanked it into a bag with a hook. It looks like Pogue was striving for a good performance review & a little lime light on the coat tails of the real heros. Ben and Stephanie of the White Rock Paddle Company.

John1073
John1073

And now Pogue will be given lethal injection instead when nobody adopts him in a week. Thanks Dallas!

GatoCat
GatoCat

This post is in lieu of a "thumbs-up" icon.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

He needs to train city employees, especially cops on steroids with attitudes.

NewsDog
NewsDog

A Dallas Animal Services employee doing his job right? Isn't that grounds for firing?

Well Done

lindaccooke
lindaccooke

I think that's a Lhasa Apso.  I used to have one that looked just like it.  Really sweet and smart, growls to warn of intruders but doesn't bark!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

was the dog owner found?  

Rix1
Rix1

Thanks Officer Pogue!

jonathan308
jonathan308

@John1073 I don't think Pogue has to worry about getting an injection. As far as the dog, the DMN said a passing jogger (along with half the city) has signed up to adopt this dog. I have one just like this dog. It's some kind of terrier schnauzer mix probably. Sweet, brave and funniest dog I have ever had. She lives to make laugh and is extremely polite.

John1073
John1073

Don't give Dallas any ideas. They might start tossing all of the dogs in their pound into White Rock Lake to get people to adopt them more urgently.

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