By Sabina Mollot
On Monday morning, police rescued a dog that had somehow gotten stranded on a submerged rock in the East River near Stuyvesant Town.
A woman who’d been strolling through Stuyvesant Cove Park with her own dog was the one to alert police after spotting the frightened pooch. Cops said the call came in at around 7 a.m. and officers from the nearby 13th Precinct responded. They then called in the Emergency Service Unit (located at a neighboring building on East 21st Street) and a wet suit wearing officer soon arrived to retrieve the dog.
Stuyvesant Town resident Ed Dwyer was walking his dog as the rescue unfolded at around 20th Street. Surprisingly though the stranded dog, a 20-25 lb. part-hound mutt, wasn’t barking before help arrived.
“I didn’t notice the dog at all,” Dwyer said, admitting he only discovered what was going on from the woman who’d called 911. “He was just really quiet. Unless you were really looking you wouldn’t have seen him.”
The dog did appear to be frightened though, shaking, and at one point during the rescue effort, peeing. He had on a leash and collar which Dwyer said he later learned identified him as being from the North Shore Animal League.
Once the dog was on solid ground, seeming to be in good shape, Dwyer left the park.
Meanwhile, according to a spokesperson for the NYPD, the dog was later able to go home to its family after police tracked down the owners through a phone number on the dog’s collar. The grateful family went to the 13th Precinct to pick up the pooch (named Roger, according to an article in the Daily News), explaining that he’d escaped from the family car earlier that morning.
“He was having a ruff day,” the cop couldn’t resist adding.