By Palmdale resident L. Solop
I just had a harrowing experience where local firemen showed up – outside their call of duty – and saved a neighbor’s Doberman pinscher that was drowning in my pool.
For the third time, two dogs had escaped my neighbor’s yard and got into mine. This time, one dog fell into my pool and couldn’t get out.
I worked for 45 minutes to rescue the dog from the pool, but to no avail. I watched the dog tiring and gulping in water. I finally called 911, frantically pleading for help. I was told they wouldn’t come out since it was not my dog, putting firemen in harm’s way I assume.
They showed up anyway and corralled the dog out of the pool.
I was so fatigued and stressed by the time they got here that my voice was literally gone and I couldn’t control my trembling. I was watching this dog drown before my very eyes.
I was minutes from jumping into the pool myself, even though I knew that would endanger me since I only outweigh the dog by 30 pounds and the dog was very stressed.
Please help me tell this story to recognize our local heroes and raise awareness for the stakes of irresponsible pet ownership.
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Editor’s note: Personnel from Los Angeles County Fire Station 136 responded a little after 8 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23, to Solop’s home in the area of 46th Street West and Cocina Lane in Palmdale. They first tried to hoist the yelping dog from the pool, but they were unsuccessful because the dog was too stressed, according to Captain Jim Lewis. They then used poles to guide the dog to the pool’s stairs, which made it easier to rescue the frantic dog, Lewis said. The dog was extremely fatigued and would have most likely drowned had it remained in the water any longer, Lewis said.