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Dramatic Moment Puppy Is Rescued From The River Thames

Dramatic Moment Puppy Is Rescued From The River Thames

A dog has been saved from drowning by rescue workers after he was was found struggling for his life in the Thames.

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Footage shows the dramatic scenes, in which a two-year-old Jack Russel was found floating on a piece of wood in the river in June.

The pooch was spotted by passersby who filmed the tense scenes as the Port of London Authority used poles to drag the piece of driftwood closer to the boat.

Eventually, the rescue workers managed to reach the dog and pulled him aboard the boat.

After being rushed to a nearby vet, the dog - who didn't have a collar on - was brought to Battersea Brands Hatch Centre.

Poor Splash was found floating in the Thames. (Credit: Battersea)
Poor Splash was found floating in the Thames. (Credit: Battersea)
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The pup - named Splash by the centre - stars in episode six of ITV's For The Love of Dogs with Paul O'Grady where the host meets him during his time at Battersea.

Vicki Milner, Team Leader at Battersea Brands Hatch, said: "We will never know the reasons why Splash ended up in the Thames, but even after going through such a scary and stressful experience, he was very affectionate with the staff looking after him. However, the sights and sounds around Battersea started to prove too much for him."

Battersea, who works with shelters across the UK, decided a more quiet environment wit loads of space to run would be more suited to Splash.

Splash met Paul O'Grady while filming ITV's 'For The Love Of Dogs'. (Credit: Battersea)
Splash met Paul O'Grady while filming ITV's 'For The Love Of Dogs'. (Credit: Battersea)

Vicki continued: "We knew Splash would flourish with lots of open space, so we contacted Greenacres Rescue in Wales to see if they would take him on.

"He really shone in the right environment and we were so happy he found a loving new home after all he'd been through. Splash is a true survivor and, like all rescues, had so much love to give despite his traumatic past."

After enjoying his temporary home, young Splash went on to live with an older couple who have 45 years of Terrier experience.

They says he is now doing "very well" at home.

Splash has now gone to a loving home. (Credit: Battersea)
Splash has now gone to a loving home. (Credit: Battersea)

Splash appears in Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs on Wednesday 27 November at 8pm on ITV.

Featured Image Credit: Battersea

Topics: Real Life, Animals, Dogs

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America. In between writing, Ciara daydreams of being back on the Copacabana drinking caipirinhas.

 

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