Maine Firefighters Rescue Blind and Deaf Dog Swept Away in Stream

firefighters rescue blind and deaf dog swept downstream

The owners of one particular blind and deaf terrier might want to consider renaming him “Lucky.”

Somehow the small dog — hey, I’m just going to go ahead and call him Lucky — ended up in the Messalonskee Stream in Waterford, Maine, on Sunday. He was swept downstream and then became trapped on a small bank near a bridge.

Lucky lived to bark the story thanks to a good Samaritan who saw the dog and called the Waterville Fire Department (WFD), which quickly arrived to rescue him.

“WFD proudly serves our residents, but sometimes even our pets will find themselves in a bind,” the department wrote on its Facebook page yesterday.

The WFD’s special operations team shut down the road over the bridge and went to work. Lt. Ryan Cote was able to reach the bank by using a ladder extended from the bridge. The castaway was “wet, blind and deaf,” according to the Facebook post.

Photos that accompany the post show Cote ascending the ladder with Lucky tucked on his arm, and Lt. Steve Francoeur helping him get the dog over the bridge railing.

“Once the dog was safe, the crews made numerous phone calls and a short time later located the owner,” the Facebook post reports. “Great work by all involved here.” Absolutely!

Photo: Waterville Fire – Rescue/Facebook

Laura Goldman

I am a freelance writer and lifelong dog lover. For five years, I was a staff writer for i Love Dogs. When that site shut down, I started this blog...because I STILL Love Dogs!