A rookie cop at the Enid Police Department in Oklahoma made waves on social media after jumping into a reservoir to save a dog, only to find that the dog didn’t need saving at all.
Officer Kevin Rodriguez and his field training Officer Shawn Aebi initially responded to a call about two dogs who had chased some ducks into the lake at Meadowlake Park.
When they arrived, one of the dogs – named Petey – appeared to be in trouble.
“One of the two rascals managed to swim out to the footer of the railroad bridge crossing the lake and appeared to be stuck,” police said on the department’s Facebook page.
“After attempts were made to coax the stranded pooch to shore, to no avail, Officer Rodriguez went to his nearby home to change into some jeans and a T-shirt for a wet walk out to the stranded pooch.”
In comedic fashion, just as Rodriguez waded into the water, Petey swam to the shore where Officer Aebi was standing.
The dogs were then brought back to their owner, Melanie Bishop. On Facebook, Bishop said the dogs escaped from her backyard and she had been looking for them as police made the “rescue.” Bishop believes Petey was too scared to move when he got himself in the middle of the lake, until the presence of the officers and her daughter gave him the confidence to swim back.
“A huge shout out to the two officers who were called and tried to figure out every way possible to rescue the male, who had swam out to the middle of the lake under the bridge and stopped on a piece of concrete,” Bishop wrote.
Rodriguez was praised for his heroic attempt on Facebook, and received praises from his department “for taking the extra steps to ensure everyone made it home safe.”