Milwaukee police officer saves dog from lagoon, twice

Posted at 4:03 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-07 09:27:14-04

A Milwaukee police officer dived into the lagoon at McGovern Park on the city’s north side to save a small dog that had fallen into the water on Wednesday.

According to a post on Facebook, officers Joe Spingola and Mike Smith first spotted the dog in the lagoon near the water’s edge and ran over to help the dog out of the water. The dog then took off into the park.

Watch the video of the rescue below: 

A short time later, the officers heard a splash, and saw the dog had jumped back into the water and swam out to the middle of the lagoon. The dog was having trouble swimming back,  and was tangled in weeds and fishing line.

The officers radioed for a boat, but Spingola decided to instead go in after the dog himself. He was able to swim the dog back to the shore safely for the second time that day.

The dog was taken to the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission to be checked out, and the dog appears to be a healthy and happy 8-year-old brown poodle mix.

MADACC is hoping the owner will come forward. If it is your dog, please contact the commission at 414-649-8640.