Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Units Join Forces To Rescue Distressed Dog From Water

By  //  September 19, 2016

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Terrier mix lost in a large lake in Port St. John

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Various units of the Brevard County Sheriff’s office combined to rescue a small dog lost in a large lake in Port St. John. From left to right are: PSA Mitchell Hannon, Deputy Keith Grosse, Animal Enforcement Officer Chris Hahn, Animal Enforcement Officer Cayla Hanson and Animal Enforcement Officer George Wong. (BCSO image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT SAINT JOHNS, FLORIDA – Earlier this week members of various units of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office joined forces to rescue a small dog that had become distressed and lost in a large lake in Port St. John.

Deputy Michael Hriscio responded to Fay Lake Wilderness Park after a citizen called to say a small dog was in the middle of the lake distressed and disoriented.

Only with the aid of binoculars was Deputy Hriscio able to see the small dog floundering in the middle of the lake. Animal Enforcement Officers Chris Hahn, Cayla Hanson and George Wong responded to assist. After assessing the scene it was determined that the only way to effect a rescue was with the use of a boat.

Deputy Keith Grosse of our Agricultural/Marine Unit responded to the scene with an agency airboat. Deputy Grosse and Officer Hanson were able to deploy into the lake and rescue the dog as others monitored from shore.

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Animal Enforcement Officer Cayla Hanson holds the rescued terrier

During the rescue the Deputies discovered that the dog had become entangled in tall reeds and was exhausted with little energy left to survive.

The small white terrier mix was scared and terrified when brought aboard and judging from her condition it appears she had been stray for an extended period of time.

There is little doubt that without the quick actions of the Animal Enforcement Officers, Deputies and citizens the dog would have not survived.

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The dog was subsequently transported to the South Animal Care Center in Melbourne where our incredible staff veterinarians conducted a full examination and are monitoring her recovery!!

This is yet another perfect example of what happens when citizens and Law Enforcement Officers work together to protect our community.

I am extremely proud of our entire team that was part of the rescue for their quick actions and compassion to help a distressed animal in need.

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