UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Cheektowaga Police Rescue Dog Stranded In Creek.
Updated: Jan 1
(Video provided by: CPD)
On December 30th at 3:19pm, the Cheektowaga Police Department responded to the area of 4822 Genesee Street for a report of a dog spotted in the creek. Shortly before this, the owners of the dog were attempting to get the dog into a local veterinary clinic and the dog got loose. A witness who was an employee from the veterinary clinic pointed out where the dog was last seen in the creek, however, the dog was no longer visible.
Officers attempted to check the creek at various spots, however, the creek has a steep bank and is in a wooded area. Patrolman James Rutkowski was checking the area behind 1014 Rein Road and heard the dog. Patrolman Rutkowski made his way through the woods and spotted the dog clinging to a tree in the creek. Patrolman Rutkowski entered the water which was waist deep and made his way to the dog. Patrolman Troy Blackchief arrived to help and also entered the water. Patrolman Rutkowski was able to lift the dog off the tree and out of the water and passed the dog to Patrolman Blackchief who was assisted by Cheektowaga Animal Control in getting the dog out of the water. The dog was turned over to the owners and brought to the veterinary clinic to be checked.
Thanks to the concern shown by the witness who originally pointed out the dog in the water and the selfless effort of the two police officers, this story has a happy ending.