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Royersford Officer Rescues Dog from River

A passerby saw the dog this morning and called for help.

According to a Facebook post from the Royersford Office of Emergency Management, Royersford patrol officer Mark Smythe rescued a dog from drowning in the Schuylkill River this morning. 

Royersford's Media Relations Officer, Tom Godin, told Patch that Smythe received a radio call at about 8:53am that a pedestrian had seen the dog in the river near 1st Avenue and Diamond Place. 

Smythe called for a fire department water rescue, but the dog was in serious distress. 

"The dog was trapped underneath a log and only his head was visible. The dog did not have much time, according to Smythe," Godin said.

Smythe jumped into the water and freed the dog from the log. Several passersby helped Smythe get the dog up the steep bank and onto the flat surface.  

The dog was taken to Royersford Veterinary Hospital for treatment and then to the SPCA in Perkiomenville. The owners claimed the dog from the SPCA around 11:30am. 

"Officer Smythe owns a dog, and stated he jumped into the water because of his love of dogs!" Godin said.

Lorraine613 November 13, 2012 at 02:35 AM
That is really a sweet story! Thank you, Officer Smythe, for a great job at saving this poor dog!
jthomas811 November 13, 2012 at 11:19 AM
If this dog resides at the apartment complex on First Ave, I have seen him/her wandering the community unattended. And if that is the same animal, I hope the owner will realize what a precious animal they have and provide better care. Thank you to the person who reported the incident and to the Officer who saved the dog.
Mike November 13, 2012 at 01:19 PM
As a dog lover I am glad that the Royersford Police helped the dog. I hope that the police advised the owner that if the dog is loose again they will be cited. It is not the dogs fault if the owners are not responsible.
Terry Shirey January 10, 2013 at 02:28 AM
God bless you, Officer Smythe. You are a true hero!

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