MILL CREEK, Utah — When Carli, a senile 13-year-old dog, suddenly found herself submerged in rushing waters struggling to stay afloat, her owner Sara Melnicoff knew that she had to do whatever she could to try and save her. The woman began to run down Mill Creek, calling Carli’s name but the current was seemingly too strong for Carli to climb out of the water. Instead Melnicoff decided to jump in after her and began to take off her shoes, when a stranger came to the rescue and dove in before she could.
Bystander Bobby L’Heureux noticed the dogs struggle and immediately stripped down to his boxers and dove in to save Carli’s life. Melnicoff described the incident in a Facebook post saying, “He plunged into the water, making his way along the slippery rocks, while the powerful currents of the water rushed all around him. He managed to get a hold of Carli down stream some distance.” When L’Heureux pulled Carli from the water she was “shaking like a leaf” while her owner was in tears, as her beloved dog was brought back to her.
Melnicoff says she is very grateful to L’Heureux and that she gave him a huge hug to say thank you. She also asked the man what he did and as it turns out he runs a non-profit charity to create awareness around outdoor and mountain safety. The charity is called ‘Big Heart Big Hands‘ and Melnicoff posted a link to it on her Facebook in case anyone wanted to say thanks to L’Heureux by donating to his charity.