JENKINS, Ky. (WYMT)- A dramatic rescue in Letcher County after a dog falls into a frozen pond.
A passerby, who saw what happened, jumped into the freezing water to save him.
“There was still water coming from his mouth when he came in. He was near drowning when Travis pulled him from the water,” Jenkins Rec Manager Ernestine Kincer said.
Travis Wright happened to be driving by when he saw the dog fighting for his life.
“It was like a human being was there. It was like someone was drowning and there was nothing I could do,” Wright said.
That’s when Travis made the decision, risking his own life by jumping into the freezing water to save the K-9.
“He would go down under the water. He went down three times before I got him. And every time he’d go down, he would coming up spitting water out of his nose,” Wright added, “as I was busting the ice up, I kept saying ‘Hold on buddy, I’m coming. Hold on, I’m coming.’”
When he got the dog-- now coined ‘Lucky’-- out of the water, Travis knew Lucky’s life was on the line. He took the dog to a building by Jenkins’ Pool where friends sprang into action.
“By then, I thought he was going to die. I thought, 15 minutes of him being here, he’ll die because of how bad he was shaking and how bad he was foaming from the mouth,” Wright said.
“They were trying to stimulate him by rubbing his belly and rubbing his back and trying to get everything circulating again,” Kincer added.
It wasn’t long after the dramatic rescue, Travis realized that Lucky had been abused. For a dog his size, he was severely underweight and he suffered an infected wound on his hind leg.
But despite Lucky’s past, many believe this is just the start of a wonderful future.
“I just feel like it’s meant to be for me and him to be together,” Wright said.
If you would like to help Lucky, e-mail Michelle Heron at firstname.lastname@example.org.