Heroic Officers Save Senior Dog Struggling in Mud for 60 Hours

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5.17.14 - Officers Rescue Dog Neck-Deep in Mud


A couple of Pennsylvania police officers are being hailed as heroes for saving the life of a lost senior dog who was submerged, struggling to survive, in a mud pit up to his neck for nearly three days.  Pluto was mucky and sore, but was reunited with his family and will make a complete recovery.

“We just knew we had to get the dog out of there. It was in distress. It wasn’t really moving a whole lot,” Willistown Township Police Officer Mike Kushner said.

“It just followed us with its eyes, so it was exhausted,” Willistown Twp. Police Sgt Michael Martin said.

The officers had to use a few boards just to get to the Australian shepherd, who had been missing for over two days.

“I was frantic,” said owner Sheila Shorr.

On the third day of the search, Shorr found her 13-year-old dog entrenched in a deep mud pit near a creek close to her home.

“It looked dire,” she said.

She believes he sank into the pit right after getting away from home, or else he would have come back right away.

Police were called to rescue the miserable dog, whose entire body had been immersed in the mud.

“I just pictured my own dog and what I would want somebody to do and that’s to go get it,” Kushner said.

It took all of their strength to pull Pluto from the enveloping muck, and when they did, it was unknown whether or not the dog would survive his ordeal.  But he did.  He has a limp and a few sores, but otherwise is recovering nicely.

“[Dogs] have so much heart and soul,” Shorr said.  “This was a dream come true on top of a dream come true to find him and have help come right away.”



4 thoughts on “Heroic Officers Save Senior Dog Struggling in Mud for 60 Hours”

  1. There is absolutely no way I could thank these guys enough for saving my dog after that. I would feel indebted for life….because that poor boy could have never gotten saved in time and if they would have taken there time that poor boy would have possibly succumb to be stuck so long with his 13yr old body. I would never let him out alone out of my site ever. It looks like it is a huge property surrounded by woods, so he would be at my side or with another family member. That beautiful dog was soo very lucky and so was this loving family that didn’t give up on him.

  2. What a heart warming story. God bless everyone involved. It was so nice to see people who cared about this sweet dog and worked hard to save him. Lucky woman, luckier dog. I love happy endings and this one was the best.

  3. It’s good to see this boy get rescued. It can be so easy sometimes for dogs to slip past someone and out of a door. I’m glad this had a happy ending.


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