Officer Saves Dog Stranded in Swamp

April Livingston | July 6th, 2018

For a dog named Cody, life is very different now after a very harrowing experience. Not only did he make a new friend for life, but his life was saved in the process. Cody’s story begins when he went out venturing in the swamps of Florida. His owner called the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office because the dog was stuck in the swap and his loud, desperate cries could be heard over the phone. It was impossible to get to Cody and he was running out of time because he couldn’t reach dry land on his own, either. That’s where Cody’s new friend Deputy Matt Patellis comes in. He was the officer that arrived on the scene to assist and he did not hesitate to jump into action.

Deputy Matt stripped off his uniform and then ventured out into the perilous waters of the Florida swamp. This area is dangerous, as it is a well-known spot for alligators. It did not matter, however: Cody was in desperate need of help and Deputy Matt was going to save him. It was a stinky, wet mess after all was said and done, but Deputy Matt was able to get to Cody and pick up the frightened boxer and carry him to safety. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy Matt certainly went above and beyond the call of duty to assist Cody by venturing out into the lake to rescue the frightened dog.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office//Twitter
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office//Twitter

While Cody’s owner was incredibly grateful for Deputy Matt and his actions, it seems no one was more grateful that Cody himself. Once Cody the dog and Deputy Matt were back on dry land, Cody showered him with kisses and could not stop wagging his tail because he was so happy. Deputy Matt said he certainly doesn’t want to venture out into the swamp every day, but he was more than happy to do it that day to save Cody’s life.

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