Dramatic dog rescue on banks of Great Miami

Dog rescued from the Great Miami River in Troy. (Photo/Mike Ullery, Piqua Daily Call)
Dog rescued from the Great Miami River in Troy. (Photo/Mike Ullery, Piqua Daily Call)

TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – A dog’s struggle to survive brought out the best in the community of Troy.

The dog was caught in the current of the Great Miami River Monday morning. How it fell into the river is anybody’s guess, but no one hesitated to try and save it.

Dog rescued from the Great Miami River in Troy.  (Photo/Mike Ullery, Piqua Daily Call)
Dog rescued from the Great Miami River in Troy. (Photo/Mike Ullery, Piqua Daily Call)

An electric crew spotted the dog near the Adam Street bridge around 9:00 a.m. as they were removing Christmas decorations from the bridge.

Daryl Williams of the Troy Electric Department told our partners at the Piqua Daily Call that he heard the dog barking and spotted it about 20 yards from shore.

Police and fire crews arrived, tossing a rope to the dog, hoping it would grab it in its mouth. Other rescuers and residents rallied along the side of the river encouraging the dog to swim their way.

The fire department called in a rescue boat that finally brought the dog to safety.

The dog was being treated at the Stoneyridge Veterinary Clinic in Troy.

Stella, the 7-year old brown Labrador retriever is now back with her owner.

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