Conservation Police Officers Save Chihuahua From Chicago River

WBBM Newsradio Staff
October 02, 2019 - 8:51 am

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police/Facebook

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A shaking, cold and traumatized chihuahua was rescued from the Chicago River by two officers from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation.

On Sept. 30, Conservation Police Officers George Gates and Nathan Prasun were traveling upstream to the South Branch of the Chicago River for a boat safety inspection when they noticed a small Chihuahua dog in the water, accoring to the department's Facebook page.

The female dog was swimming a ways from the shoreline but was reached by the officers within a few minutes. 

"The dog was shaking, appeared to be cold, and its claws had been neglected and were curling," the department's post said.

The officers took the dog to Chicago Animal Care and Control, where she received shots and got her claws trimmed. Employees at animal care said they hoped the dog would be adopted soon and would stay long at the care center.

The conservation department acknowledged the swift efforts of the two officers and thanked them for their service. People on Facebook also weighed in to commend the good work and hoped the dog found its rightful home or owner.

"(This is) another example of how Conservation Police Officers respond and take extraordinary measures to try and save all they can in a normal days work," the department said.