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Port St. Lucie police save struggling Golden Retriever from canal

Dog escaped from collar, decided to go for swim
Golden Retriever saved from Port St. Lucie canal
Posted at 11:15 AM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 16:28:29-05

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — A Golden Retriever has some warm-hearted Port St. Lucie officers to thank for a water rescue Tuesday morning.

Police said the pup named Max was being taken for a walk near the C24 canal when he maneuvered out of his collar and decided to go for a swim.

The dog's owner tried to coax Max out of the water but noticed he was "getting tired and going under."

Police were called and tried to get the dog onshore but were unsuccessful.

Just before one of the officers, Paul Cruz, made plans to go into the canal, a final attempt to coax Max out of the water was successful.

"[I was] relieved that I didn't have to go into the cold water. We weren't sure if there were any gators. ... I don't like gators," Cruz said.

Pictures show the dog greeting the officers with a wet kiss and hug for helping save his life.

Max's owner called the officers talented heroes for being able to persuade Max to swim ashore.