Fire rescue pulls dog in distress from canal

Posted at 10:17 AM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 10:17:31-05

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said bystanders witnessed the dog swimming for at least 20 minutes in the canal near Southwest 144th Street and 157th Avenue.

The responding crew has divers that are part of MDFR's Technical Rescue Team who are trained for these types of rescues.

They said the dog was in distress and exhausted when they arrived. They were able to jump in and retrieve her out of the water.

Capt. John Meizoso was one of the rescuers who jumped in to save the dog, assisted by his crew: Rick Reboso, Tony Marino and Mike Knott. Venom One was also on the scene.

The dog was taken to Miami-Dade Animal Services to see whether she has a chip to help identify her owners.

MDFR said these types of situations can become very dangerous as bystanders sometimes jump in to assist and then become victims themselves, and they did the right thing by calling for help.

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