Police officer uses kayak to rescue struggling dog trapped in muddy NJ pond

THANK YOU, OFFICER! A police officer in New Jersey saw the dog stuck neck-deep in a muddy pond and struggling to keep her head above water. So the cop commandeered a kayak to rescue the pup and brought her safely to shore!

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. - a replacement Jersey policeman paddled a kayak to the center of a pond to rescue a dog stuck neck-deep within the muck. The department said on Facebook on Wednesday that Washington town officials had expertly trained a dog in distress and found a gray boxer/mastiff Akela, which was struggling in the water.

Officer John Kuligowski commandeered a close-by kayak and paddled Bent Akela. Video footage shows Kuligowski trying to position the kayak next to Akela and pull her to safety. he's unable to tug her aboard, but eventually guides her to shore. Chief Thomas Cicerelle and officer Dallas Overko provided additional help in the rescue, the post said. Akela was unharmed and even posed for a few photos with her three rescuers once on shore. “Akela was in elation after her ordeal and even posed for a couple of quick pictures before being turned over to Animal Control Solutions,” the department said.

Before finally entering the pond, Accra had loosened. Police still haven't located Akela’s owners. Police have asked anyone who knows Akela’s owners to possess them contact either Animal Control Solutions at (908) 722-1271, or the Washington Township Police.

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