On Saturday afternoon, the Trumansburg Fire Department responded to a call at Taughannock State Park for a dog trapped above the falls. Shortly after 6 p.m., State Park Police called on the Trumansburg Rescue team to help them on the gorge trail. Once they arrived on the scene, they found the pooch across the creek, swollen with rainwater. The dog's anxious owners were continuously keeping a close watch. Fortunately, the owners remained on shore and didn’t try entering the water to save the dog, though they were able to direct firefighters where to go.
The pup initially entered the water to play and cool off, but the heavy rainfall caused the water level to rise rapidly. Soon after, the dog became stuck on the shore, opposite the main trail. The fast moving water combined with limited access made it challenging for rescuers to save the frightened animal. Crews donned life jackets and used an inflatable rescue boat to cross the stream, leash the dog, and bring him back to safety. New York State Police assisted on the scene as well. The entire rescue lasted about two hours.
The Trumansburg Fire Department credits the owners for staying calm and not entering the water but instead calling 911. They are also advising everyone to stay safe this summer, and never try to swim after an animal stuck in the water. And, if your dog is walking near dangerous areas…keep them on a short leash.