NOVELTY, Ohio — A dozen dogs and three people had to be rescued by boat on July 14th after their kennel become flooded.
When severe storms ravaged through Ohio on Monday, the employees at Copaw Cabana Kennel in Novelty, Ohio, found themselves in an emergency situation. Nearby Silver Creek had flooded they needed the fire department to help rescue them from the rising waters.
“We got 2-3 inches of rain in only 45 minutes,” said Russell Township Fire Department Fire Chief John Frazier.
The fire department worked with the Hillcrest Technical Rescue Team to get the dogs out of several feet of water.
“We called in the Hillcrest Technical Rescue Team. They had ten swift water rescue technicians come in. They had two boats with them. They took the boats to the kennel. Placed the dogs in the boat. Brought them back to land, and then were able to put the dogs in a pen actually on the property,” explained Frazier.
The dogs remained very mellow throughout the entire ordeal.
Nicole, an employee at Copaw Cabana, said that they dogs were having a lot of fun playing in all the mud and water.
“They were a mess. I have a Golden Retriever named Rosie up there who was literally just covered. They were having the time of their lives and Rosie was covered from head to toe in mud. That was after the bath. They didn’t look too hot. They are going to have to come back, hopefully Friday,” said Nicole.
Thankfully, no one was injured and everyone was safe and sound within an hour-and-a-half.
“Everybody’s safe and there were zero injuries to human or dog,” Frazier said. “It’s a great tale to tell.”