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Old 01-22-2010, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains
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I watched it live on TV and I was so nervous....on behalf of dog lovers all over the world...THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!! You really did a good deed today! It was "The Miracle On The L.A. River"
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Old 01-22-2010, 03:46 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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i just watched the video, wow!!!! although it was sad that the poor guy was stuck in the river, it was pretty funny watching him put up a fight with the rescuer then 'doggie paddling' as he was lifted probably 100ft above the river. i'm glad he made it and hopefully they are able to locate his owners.
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:24 PM
 
Location: OUTTA SIGHT!
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OMG!!! It was like soooo kewl!!! Yey!!!!
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:26 PM
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Wow..I saw this live on local Los Angeles television a few hours ago and I was so worried for the dog...I was clapping myself when the rescuer was able to grab ahold of the dog and lift him to safety!

Guess I shouldn't be surprised that a "feel-good" video like this has been shown all across the country!
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Old 01-22-2010, 05:18 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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from the LA Times:

The rescue of a dog by an army of firefighters and swift-rescue personnel has been the talk of Los Angeles. It was broadcast live on local TV and has sparked much debate.
Should fire personnel have risked their lives to save the dog?
LAFD Capt. Steve Ruda said the firefighter, Joe St. Georges, who rescued the dog has significant bite injuries to his right hand and forearm, and is being treated in the emergency room at L.A. County-USC Medical Center.
“They are waiting for a hand specialist to come in because of the significance of the injuries,” Ruda said. The dog will be tested for rabies, and is being cared for at the county's Animal Care shelter in Downey, he said.


what would be really sad about this whole incident is if the dog ended up being a stray and sent to a shelter just to be euthanized. i like animals as much as anyone else, but find it a bit strange that stories like this get more attention than kids being shot in the hood or homeless people dying on the streets.
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Old 01-22-2010, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Way upstate NY - Where the snow flys
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A heart warming event that epitomizes bravery and commitment to serve all.
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Old 01-22-2010, 06:25 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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Hey, we native LA'rs love our dogs. Glad the rescued the doggy.
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Old 01-23-2010, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Man, all I can think is how I would feel if that was our little guy. He would be so scared..My heart goes out to those brave recuers...Good job..

Nita
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:03 AM
 
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As the saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished. Some people are up in arms that money was spent to save the dog. Despite the correct assertion that if the rescue squad hadn't done it some John Q Public, well-meaning idiot would have jumped into the river to go after the dog. Further, the rescuer will likely have to undergo a painful course of rabies vaccinations unless the owner steps up soon. All in all, well done Mr. St. Georges!
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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As the saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished. Some people are up in arms that money was spent to save the dog. Despite the correct assertion that if the rescue squad hadn't done it some John Q Public, well-meaning idiot would have jumped into the river to go after the dog. Further, the rescuer will likely have to undergo a painful course of rabies vaccinations unless the owner steps up soon. All in all, well done Mr. St. Georges!
you better believe it. Sure, a lot of times money could be better spent, but I hope and think most of us have hearts and we re-act...Now, if you were talking about recuing the guy, air flighting him to some specaily location and spending $5000 on a surgery, maybe I too would think : WTF? but I give credit to anyone who cares and yes, John Q may even have drowned, who knows?

Nita
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