HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – On Monday morning, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue was called to assist Hillsborough County Animal Control. Animal Control was on scene at around 8:00 AM Monday at Lucy Dell Park, located at 6407 North 45th Street in Tampa.
According to officials, they were attempting to rescue a canine stranded in a shallow part of the pond.
A child walking to school noticed the dog was trapped on some floating vegetation and alerted authorities.
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Realizing they could not safely access the dog, Hillsborough County Animal Control called HCFR for help. Heavy Rescue 32, Truck 32, and Rescue 32 responded to assist.
Crews set up a rope system to lower a lone rescuer, FireMedic 1 Gilbert Navas, into the water. Navas made his way to the stranded dog and lassoed him with equipment provided by Animal Control.
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Navas then carried the dog back toward the boardwalk, where crews from Animal Control safely lifted the canine using a large net. HCFR crews then safely lifted Navas back up to the boardwalk.
Animal Control has determined that the dog does not have a chip, and he has been taken to the Pet Resource Center on Falkenburg Road. If his owner does not come forward soon, they will adopt him out after neutering, microchipping, and registering him with the name “Gil” after his rescuer.
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