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Posted on: May 12, 2017

Animal Control Officer Saves Injured Dog

Photo of dog

On May 12th at 11:00 AM, a woman was walking her dog in the unincorporated Snohomish County portion of Bothell.  During the walk, the dog got loose and was accidentally struck by a vehicle.  The vehicle was traveling northbound on 14th AVE W in the 22600 block.  The motorist stopped to help the injured dog, but the dog had crawled into a nearby storm culvert and out of the reach of the driver and the dog’s owner.  The police were called to assist.  Bothell Police Animal Control Officer Murdock was first on scene to assist, with Snohomish County Animal Control also enroute. 

When ACO Murdock arrived, she quickly realized she would need more resources.  Bothell Fire and Bothell Public Works were called to assist.  Snohomish County Animal Control also arrived. With necessary resources in place, ACO Murdock got into the storm drain and attempted to get to the injured dog but was unable to reach her.  Quick thinking personnel at the scene were able to “cap” a fire hose to make it rigid and used it to guide the dog to ACO Murdock’s awaiting arms.  

The dog, Emma, was reunited with her owner at the scene at which time she was rushed to her veterinarian.  ACO Murdock has been in contact with Emma’s veterinarian and has learned she is in stable condition, after suffering a broken jaw. 

Thank you to Bothell Fire, Bothell Public Works, and Snohomish County Animal Control for working together to successfully resolve this incident. 

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