Dog res­cued from river

Waikato Times - - News -

A strug­gling dog was res­cued from the clutches of the Waikato River by po­lice who hap­pened to be nearby on Thurs­day. The ex­hausted hound had been claw­ing at the cliff face, but was un­able to claw it­self out of the wa­ter. Se­nior Con­sta­ble Kevin Stone and Sergeant Craig Kennedy of New Zealand Po­lice’s Mar­itime Unit were as­sess­ing a Search and Res­cue boat close to Hamil­ton’s CBD when they spot­ted him strug­gling. ‘‘On closer in­spec­tion the dog wasn’t able to get out of the wa­ter and was near­ing ex­haus­tion,’’ Kennedy said in a po­lice state­ment. ‘‘When we got the boat next to him he turned to swim towards us and we re­trieved him.’’ The dog has since been col­lected by his own­ers and is back home.

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