A Milwaukee police officer jumped into a lagoon to save a dog struggling to stay above water this week.
Officers Joe Spingola and Mike Smith were in McGovern Park helping some kids who got their fishing gear tangled in the weeds of the lagoon on Wednesday evening when they heard a splash, police said.
“Looking around to find what it was, they saw movement below the weeds and lily pads. A small dog had fallen or jumped into the lagoon,” the department wrote on their Facebook page. “Their snare was too short to reach the dog.”
A park employee tried to reach the dog, whose owners were nowhere to be found, with a net as well, but it was too short.
Officers then called in the fire department, but while waiting, the dog began to struggle to stay afloat.
That’s when Spingola took matters into his own hands and jumped in to save the pup.
“As Officer Spingola was swimming towards the dog, the dog was struggling to keep afloat. When he reached him, the dog was wrapped up in the weeds, tangled in fishing line and had a hook and bobber hanging from him,” police wrote.
Thankfully, Spingola was able to swim back to shore with the dog in tow despite getting tangled in weeds himself.
The dog was taken to the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission to be checked out and was uninjured, police said.
Police are still hoping the animal’s owner will come forward.