Dog reunited with owner after being rescued from river

- A pit bull was found stranded on logs and debris in the South Fork area of the Catawba River on Friday.

That’s when Gaston Co. Police Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists Steven Rector and Joseph Tony were called out to 119 Willow Dr. in Lowell to conduct a rescue of the dog.

Despite poor weather conditions, both specialists went to great lengths to save the helpless pit bull that had been trapped at the base of the I-85 bridge supports.

Seeing that the pit bull’s location was only accessible by boat, Rector was able to use his own personal canoe to enter the river and approach the dog.

Both specialists say the dog was in fear and displayed aggressive behavior toward them during the initial contact.

Soon after, Rector was able to secure the dog, while Tony maintained balance of the canoe. The specialists then assisted the dog into the canoe. All made it back safely to shore.

The pit bull was uninjured and had been placed into the Gaston Co. Animal Care and Enforcement Shelter.

Watch a video of the rescue here.

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