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Sheriff’s Deputies rescue dog clinging to a log in Big Creek culvert


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“Addy” was clinging to right end of the log

This morning shortly before 10 am Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Deputy Kerri Tyler was dispatched to a report of a dog that had been washed away in Big Creek and the owner was not able to locate it. Upon arrival Deputy Tyler learned the dog owner, Katherine Howard of Newport, had been walking her 12 year old Border collie mix named “Addy” on the Ocean to Bay Trail when the dog entered the creek. Addy was quickly swept away. Howard reported she had last seen the dog being washed into a culvert at the north end the trail.

ASD Tyler searched the area and located the dog partially submerged and clinging to a log at the entrance of the culvert in the swift creek. The dog appeared to be cold and losing its grip on the log. ASD Tyler was assisted at the scene by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Barry Bruster and Newport Police Sergeant Todd Sarazin. Deputy Bruster made the decision to wade into the creek with a catchpole and with assistance from ASD Tyler they were able to successfully bring Addy to shore.

Addy was cold and wet but uninjured.

Dog owners need to be aware of high water in streams that are usually placid at other times of the year can be very dangerous now. People should not attempt to rescue their pets in cases like this where they could also become a victim. Howard was able to borrow a cell phone from a passerby and call LinCom to request help.

Katherine Howard wrote this to the Sheriff’s Office this evening:

I don’t know where to begin to say thank you to Sheriff Deputies Kerrie Tyler and Barry Bruster for saving my dog Addy.

Addy is a Border Collie, Australian Shepherd mix that thinks water is to be in (except showers!). Since the water is so high now I usually leash her before we get to the area where she went in today, but she took off before I could attach the leash and I couldn’t call her back. She was swept away with the fast current into the culvert. I tried to call her,and I could not see her…I needed HELP!

If it had not been for Sheriff Deputies Tyler and Bruster’s efficient action my Addy would not be with me now. With Barry Bruster making a rope of two leashes and Kerrie Tyler bracing the rope around a small tree Bruster waded into the frigid water to help her.

The whole incident was incredible, Addy gets up the bank, and happily shakes water all over Kerrie and I while Barry empties his boots of water!

Thank you so much, Words cannot say enough.

Katherine and Addy

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