A rescue canine from the Caribbean needed to be rescued once more Saturday when he plunged into the frigid East River.
Can Liu, a employee on the Animal Haven shelter in Decrease Manhattan, stated he was strolling the 4-month-old pet, Bee Bee, and two of his personal canines close to the South Avenue Seaport round 9 a.m. when an off-leash canine got here at them out of nowhere and attacked his Rottweiler.
“He latched onto my canine’s face. I used to be making an attempt to separate them,” Liu stated. “The little man will need to have gotten spooked by the large canine, then he was wandering round.”
One of many ladies with the off-leash canine tried to catch Bee Bee, who bolted, Liu stated.
“He’s scared of individuals,” stated Liu, who had been fostering Bee Bee at his Chinatown dwelling. “I suppose he discovered like a crevice by the pier and simply jumped in.”
The pet, a mutt, acquired swept up by the currents and was carried below Pier 17.
“That’s when everyone began freaking out,” Liu stated. “This is sort of a little 4-month-old pet in freezing chilly water.”
A employee at a close-by bar who watched the drama unfold referred to as the NYPD. Officers from the NYPD Emergency Service Unit went into the water and pulled Bee Bee to security.
Bee Bee was warming up Saturday afternoon at Animal Haven.
“He appears fantastic now, significantly better. He’s consuming. He’s nonetheless taking part in,” Liu stated within the early afternoon.
Tiffany Lacey, the chief director of the non-profit Animal Haven, stated the shelter has about 50 canines and 50 cats at anyone time who’re ready to be adopted.
Lacey stated the group works with a non-profit group on the island of Antigua, the place Bee Bee was from, to soak up strays.
“We’re making an attempt to take away as many animals off the island earlier than we get to the summer time months when hurricane season hits,” Lacey stated. “Their temperament is great. They’re very, very candy canines.”
For Bee Bee, one other rescue might have been in retailer Saturday. A possible perpetually household was coming to fulfill him within the hopes of bringing him dwelling.