A senior dog, who nearly drowned in a Brooklyn area lake last Thursday, is alive thanks to a dog-lover who jumped into action after hearing frantic cries for help. As reported by the New York Post, 46-year-old Holly Derito was at Prospect Park Lake when she heard someone’s panicked screams and saw a lifeless dog being pulled out of the water.
Derita ran to the dog and began efforts to resuscitate her. She told the Post:
She was completely limp, completely unresponsive. He did compressions and I started breathing into her nose — cupping the mouth shut and breathing into the nostrils.”
It took a bit of time, but eventually the senior pit bull began to breathe on her own. As soon as she was revived, her owners rushed her away to a veterinarian for continued care. Derita gave the couple her phone number, but she hasn’t heard how the dog, named Bella, is doing.
And she doesn’t mind getting so close to a stranger’s dog – she told the news agency:
The ickiness was discarded from my mind, because a little bit of icky doesn’t matter when you’re trying to save a life.
(Screenshot of dog via NY Post)
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