Stranded Dog Rescued from Lagoon

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On July 21, 2014, Tom, a terrier mix dog from Chaco, Argentina, got stranded on a small island inside a lagoon. His owner, Marta Avila, was desperate to rescue him, and having no one to turn to, she called local animal rescue group, Fundación Pequeñas Huellitas, for help.

Volunteers rescue Tom from the middle of the lagoon. Photo Credit: Fundación Pequeñas Huellitas
Volunteers rescue Tom from the middle of the lagoon. Photo Credit: Fundación Pequeñas Huellitas

Cintia Berri Solá, president of the organization, received the call for help at 10:30 p.m. At first she didn’t think she would be able to help Avila rescue her dog – the rescue group does not own the aquatic rescue equipment necessary for this type of rescue – but after discussing it with volunteers, a member remembered that Marianela Ripoll Torres, another volunteer, owns a kayak.

Immediately, the group reached out to Ripoll Torres, and she willingly agreed to rescue the dog using her kayak. Mario Burgos and Ceci Sansó, other volunteers, joined the rescue efforts.

In the middle of the night and in complete darkness, the three rescuers met Avila at the lagoon. Armed with the kayak, a paddle, and a few flash lights, volunteers entered the lagoon in search of Tom.

Mario Burgos, Ceci Sansó, and Marianela Ripoll Torres rescued Tom. Photo Credit: Fundación Pequeñas Huellitas
Mario Burgos, Ceci Sansó, and Marianela Ripoll Torres rescued Tom.
Photo Credit: Fundación Pequeñas Huellitas

It took them a while to reach the pet, but at soon as they were near the scared dog, Tom jumped into the kayak and into Ceci Sansó’s arms.

When they reached the shore, the dog and his rescuers were wet and covered in mud. The hero rescuers were happy they found the dog and reunited him with his owner. Avila was ecstatic to have her pet safe and back in her arms.

Marta Avila reunited with her dog Tom. Photo Credit: Fundación Pequeñas Huellitas
Marta Avila reunited with her dog Tom. Photo Credit: Fundación Pequeñas Huellitas

Burgos, Sansó, Ripoll Torres, and Tom needed a bath right after the rescue, but for all of them, that night will be one to remember.

4 thoughts on “Stranded Dog Rescued from Lagoon”

  1. This makes my heart happy!! Nice story about humans behaving in a humane manner. Lucky pooch to have such good people around.

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  2. This story makes me happy. I have 2 dogs ans a cat that are the light of my life. If something like this happened, I would hope some caring people like these people would be there. I would do the same for another’s pet if the situation arose.

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  3. A story that ends well is always nice…but the article creates more questions than it answers.

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