Heroic Sheriff’s Deputies Risk Safety To Rescue Trapped Dogs From Burning Trailer
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Two sheriff’s deputies in Candler County, Ga. Suffered burns while rescuing two trapped dogs near a burning trailer in a dramatic rescue that was filmed.
According to the Candler County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook, Deputy Coursey and Captain O’Brien were assisting firefighters during a trailer fire in Metter when they heard two dogs barking in the distance.
In the suspenseful body camera footage, officers scour the wooded area to rescue the trapped puppies. One dog, which looks like a black Labrador, is tied to a chain and the other puppy is trapped in a metal cage a few feet from the fire.
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“It’s way too hot, man,” said the officer carrying the body cam as he approached the fire. He then tries to loosen the chain with a pair of bolt cutters, but the metal is too thick. Thinking quickly, he simply undid the dog’s collar to release it. As soon as his collar comes off, the terrified dog runs to safety.
Warning: The rescue video below shows dogs in distress and the footage can be overwhelming.
The officers then move to rescue the other dog who is trapped in a kennel surrounded by debris. An officer uses the bolt cutters to move the empty cage to the side. But in a desperate attempt to save the puppy, the other cop appears to burn his hand on the hot metal above the trapped dog. Despite the burn, the officer picks up and dismantles the cage, allowing the puppy to escape.
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In the shelter of the fire, the freed dogs wag their tails around two officers discussing their burns. One cop says he burnt his hand, and the other says he burnt his hair. But the two didn’t seem to worry about sustaining injuries in order to save the puppies’ lives.
“Hey, we have the dogs,” an officer said to the fire department.
And it’s a good thing they did. Minutes after the rescue, firefighters on site discovered propane gas tanks dangerously close to the blaze. Fortunately, the crew quickly extinguished the fire and removed the tanks.
It is not known whether the owners of the dogs were at the scene of the fire at the time of the rescue. However, Captain Justin P. Wells told Daily Paws that following the dramatic rescue, both dogs have been turned over to Metter Town Animal Control and are no longer with the original owners.
In Georgia, a person convicted of willfully neglecting an animal can face up to 12 months in prison, a fine of up to $ 5,000, or both.
Wells says the incident “is still under investigation,” so it’s not clear whether the owner will face charges due to the condition of the animals when officers arrived to rescue them from. the fire.
We hope these two puppies find a happy home now that they are safe from the fire and will no longer be kept outside in the Georgia summer heat. Hats off to Coursey and O’Brien for their heroic rescue, the true meaning of “protect and serve”!