Dozens of dogs rescued from raging waters in Healdton

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

HEALDTON, OK -- Monday night's down pour sent high raging waters to one Carter County community. A flood that almost swept away more than a dozen lives. Kristen Shanahan tell us a heroic story of how 14 puppies were saved by two men who have earned the title "dog's best friend".

After the Healdton Police Department received an early wake up call from a local resident saying the dog pound by his home was flooding.
Officers raced to the scene where they found more than a dozen dogs crying for help, and jumped into action.

Healdton Patrol Officer Tim Woodruff and Sergeant Brian Walker got the call around 3:00 a.m. that several dogs at the city pound were trapped inside the flooding building. Woodruff loaded up his canoe and headed to the scene.

"You don't want dogs or anybody drowning in a death like that. So that was our only concern at the time was getting out here, and getting them to safety," Woodruff said.

Woodruff and Walker say it was a struggle to rescue the dogs. The water was chest high and moving fast enough to sweep them off their feet. Walker says they had to use the canoe just to get to the doors of the building, and when they loaded the 14 desperate/panicked dogs inside they knew the fight through the tough waters was all worth it.

"I believe that they knew that we were out here to help them. Other than the one they all went very easily and peacefully," Walker said.

Unfortunately, Woodruff says they were unable to save five pups, but says it felt good to save the ones they could.

"These guys don't have a home they don't have anybody else to take care of them so when you know you can come out and maybe give them a little bit, and some of them some of these dogs kind of remember us from then. That's a little bit of something I guess," Woodruff said.

Healdton Police Chief Zac Brown says these two officers went far above their duties risking their own safety to help save the stranded canines, but Woodruff and Walker say they do not feel they went above and beyond. They say doing whatever they can to keep anyone from harms way is just part of their duty.

"They can't do much when they are caged up. Unfortunately we can't let them run free. You know we put them in the cage so it was our job to get them out," Walker said.

Officer Walker says the flood destroyed hundreds of pounds of dog food so if you would like to donate to help replace what was lost, or even adopt a new friend then you can contact the City of Healdton at 580-229-1283.

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