A Florida couple and their dog Xena are all breathing a little easier after the dog was rescued from nearly drowning at a Tampa-area dog park on Sunday.
Ignacio Torano captured the dog’s rescue in a cellphone video (show below) in which bystanders can be seen looking on as one of the dog’s owners administers chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
“I was far away when I heard someone yell, ‘Can you get the dog, get the dog.’” Torano told WTVT News. “This dog barely had his head above water.”
He said the dog’s owner rushed out to grab her and brought her back to shore. That’s when Torano said he started filming.
He posted the video to YouTube and on his Facebook page.
“I usually jump in to save the day but instead had to watch since help was already on hand,” he wrote on Facebook. “I was at the Davis Island dog park when one of the dogs drank too much salt water. The dog was drowning and was brought back to shore not breathing.”
“It was intense,” he told one Facebook user who posted a question about the incident.
“Come on, Xena! Come on girl,” one bystander can be heard saying in the video as the woman continues to give chest compressions.
In the second half of the video, Tampa firefighters can also be seen helping to revive the dog.
Torano told WTVT he stopped filming for a moment to chase down a firetruck he saw driving through the parking lot at the park.
“They came out and sort of took over the situation,” he said of the emergency personnel.
It wasn’t long after the firefighters had been on the scene that someone can be heard in the video saying: “She's sitting up! She's sitting up!”
Others cheer and thank the firefighters.
Xena’s owners, Regina and Bill Pugh, contacted WTVT and said they took the dog to the vet where she was given a clean bill of health. They said the vet would never have known Xena nearly drowned if she hadn’t been told.
“Our Xena is a sweet and lovable girl who loves belly rubs and swimming, and we are so grateful to live in a community where people are willing to help,” the couple said in an email to WTVT.
Screenshot from YouTube