From the left: Alex Arias, ZAMZOW!, Shane Burnham
Vancouver – On Wednesday afternoon an animal control was called to deal with a dog interrupting traffic. Animal Control officer Shane Burnham and volunteer Melissa Franco head towards the last known sighting. They arrive to see RCMP officer Alex Arias already trying to catch the dog to no avail. The dog was running in and out of traffic, making it very dangerous for almost all involved.
“The dog was running in and out of traffic, making it very dangerous for almost all involved.”
Steffan Zamzow (ZAMZOW! as he will be referred to from this point onward) a bylaw officer was called in to assist. It seemed like all was well when the dog was positioned between the van and the water. Everyone was trying to get the dog up the bank.This was when everything went awry and the dog got frightened and jumped into the river.
This was when everything went awry and the dog got frightened and jumped into the river.
This was when ZAMZOW! removed his shirt and leapt in the water. Time was short, the dog was trapped between two logs after almost being killed in traffic several times. “He just like, ripped his shirt off and jumped into the water,” Franco said. ZAMZOW! was quickly joined by Alex Arias and Shane Burnham in the water for the rescue.
“He just like, ripped his shirt off and jumped into the water”
The dog (named Altai) had an injury to a front paw, but was fine other than that. His French owners were touring Canada’s Northwest Territories and he had only been here for a day at the time. After Altai was rescued, he was reunited with the other members of his 15 dog sled squad. Hooray for ZAMZOW! and everyone else, especially Altai.
“After Altai was rescued, he was reunited with the other members of his 15 dog sled squad”
This wasn’t Alex Arias’ first rodeo though, he rescued a goat that was running in traffic on August 29th who was then reunited with its owner.