The old saying may be “Curiosity killed the cat,” but cats aren’t the only curious ones who get into mischief. Cody the Boxer found himself in a sticky situation after his snooping got the best of him.
He wound up in Hidden Oaks swamp and was unable to get out on his own. He whimpered and cried but just couldn’t pull himself out.
That’s when his owner worriedly called emergency services for help. Deputy Matt Patellis of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office quickly arrived at the scene. Without thinking twice, the officer took off his uniform and jumped into the swamp in the murky chest-deep water
The swamp could have very well been filled with gators and snakes, but Officer Patellis didn’t care; he was willing to risk his life to save this poor, scared pup.
The rescue wasn’t as easy as Patellis expected it to be. He tried coaxing him over with a simple “Do you want to go for a ride?” or a “Do you want a treat?” but the nervous pup started backing away from him. Eventually, he was able to pet the Boxer and comfort him. He carried him to safety where he reunited the dog with his anxious owner.
After Cody was safe, he showered Patellis with lots of kisses and tail wags. That was his way of thanking him and showing him how grateful he was to be safe on dry land.
If it weren’t for Officer Patellis, Cody could have drowned! Thankfully, Patellis’ selflessness and quick-thinking saved the day!
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