Woonsocket officer rescues dog trapped in tunnel

Peggy Edwards via ReportIt! | WPRI-TV

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A Woonsocket family has been reunited with their dog after a scary situation over the weekend.

According to the police report obtained by Eyewitness News, the small terrier was chased by a larger dog down an embankment and into a river Saturday afternoon. The dog was taken by the current into a culvert that runs underground to the end of Roberta Avenue.

Police said they were notified by a woman who witnessed the incident. The woman, Peggy Edwards, told police she tried to lure the dog out of the tunnel, but whenever it stepped off the side, the current would take it farther down.

Patrolman Brazil emerges with the terrier. (Madeleine Wright/WPRI-TV)
Patrolman Brazil emerges with the terrier. (Peggy Edwards via ReportIt!)

Patrol Officer Joseph Brazil said the dog was about 40 feet into the culvert, soaking wet and shaking heavily. Taking note of current’s strength, the low temperature of the water and the high drop-off at the end of the tunnel, the officer said he knew he had to act and made his way into the culvert, successfully retrieving the terrier.

The dog was dried off and transported to the local animal shelter for treatment.

Det. Sgt. Matthew Ryan said the owners came and picked up the dog on Monday.

“It’s one of those things that just goes to show you that police officers will do anything to help the public out in any way,” said Ryan. “This is a positive one. It’s one of those good stories.”

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