WASHINGTON — Animal control officers with the Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) saved a senior dog stuck in waist-deep mud Wednesday night.
HRA animal control officers Jesien and Swetnam were called to the Kingman Island bike trail after receiving a report of a dog running free without a leash. The officers were able to locate the dog, named Cutie Pie, only after hearing her distressed barking in the distance.
They found her trapped in a secluded area in waist-deep mud at the riverbank. Together, Jesien and Swetnam were able to pull cutie pie from the mud and get her to safety on stable ground.
HRA said Cutie Pie was showing concerning signs of exhaustion and likely inhalation of mud that was covering her mouth and nose. The dog was rushed to HRA's medical center, where teams worked together to get her cleaned up and give her medical care.
The Humane Rescue Alliance reminds pet owners to keep their dogs on leashes at the Kingman and Heritage Islands, as it protects people, animals, wildlife and conservation areas.