Man died while trying to save dog from drowning

Ohio man died trying to save his dog from drowning in a river

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A 67-year-old Ohio man died while trying to save his dog from drowning in a river. According to ABC 6 News, the tragic situation unfolded on Thursday morning after Joseph Crites’s dog ran into the Olentangy River.

Crites entered the water to save his Labrador retriever from drowning, but the current wound up claiming his life instead. Witnesses saw the man jump into the water around 11 a.m., and then begin to struggle – though they called 911 for help, it was too late. Rescuers arrived and pulled Crites from the water and he was rushed to Riverside Hospital, but he passed away; his dog managed to get out of the river safely.

The dog was taken in by animal control and then returned to Crites’ family.

Though it is instinctive to jump in to water to protect one’s dog from drowning, experts warn against it – as with this situation, the dogs often manage to get out of the water safely, while their would-be rescuer drowns.

(screenshot via ABC 6 News)

More news and updates at the National Animal News Facebook page.

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Pregnant pit bull abandoned in a crate on California street – read more here.


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11 replies
  1. pennysdachshunds says:

    I sincerely hope his Family will care for this gentleman’s dog , as He so loved that he gave his life for….. Bless him for he was a Good and Caring person and lover of Animals… that is becoming …a rare trait in what is happing in OUR COUNTRY of Drug Induced, Scum of the Earth Animal Abusers in this day !!!

  2. Darla G says:

    I don’t know if I could stand and watch my dog struggle and possibly drown even though I don’t know how to swim. I have two Labs – they are known for their swimming prowess but I’m sure Mr. Crites’ only thought was that he had to help his pup. RIP Mr. Crites. My sympathy to his family.

  3. Barkley's Mom says:

    Yes experts warn against jumping into the water to save a pet, but our first instinct is to do just that. My condolences to Mr Crites’s family for their loss, He just wanted to save his best friend. I’m so sorry he lost his life doing so.

  4. Nancy Raymond says:

    Rest in Peace Mr. Crites – your brave attempt did not go unnoticed – your love for your dog shows the love and care displayed by you – I am so sorry you lost your life – and my deepest condolences to your family who I hope will continue to show the same care to the dog you so valiantly tried to rescue.


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