A dog who spent four days stuck in the Detroit River before being rescued and recovering from his injuries has finally found a permanent family next to the person who saved his life.
Miracle, the little puppy, was apparently stuck in the frozen riverbed after being chased by a coyote. The weather conditions and the fragility of the ice on the river made the rescue effort extremely difficult, but they were able to save him in time.
The fluffy puppy had survived coyotes, eagles, freezing weather, and even a fall into the sea, but was still able to get back onto the ice.
Many people and rescuers saw what the puppy was going through, but because to the harsh circumstances in which it was discovered, no one appeared to be able to help. Fortunately, a hero on the opposite side of the river, accompanied by his kid, risked his life to save the helpless dog.
The Detroit River, which runs through the cities of Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario, splits the boundary between Canada and the United States. The dog’s predicament was being watched on both sides of the river, and as he neared the Canadian side, Jude Mead and his son decided to intervene.
J&J Maritime, a marine construction firm based in Windsor, is co-owned by the dad and his son. Despite the danger, Jude and his colleagues were able to cross the river using a hydrofoil from BASF Corp, a chemical business.
The puppy was concealed in a little patch of land that had developed in the river, but due to the ice, it was extremely difficult to reach. They were able to locate him, rescue him, and transport him to a veterinary facility after devising a sound strategy.
Woodhaven Animal Hospital veterinarian Lucretia Greear told WXYZ:
“They got to the little island where he was and were able to save him physically.”
The dog had frostbite on his paw pads and scrotum, as well as ice on his fur, which was detected at the veterinary facility. He was also dehydrated and suffering from pancreatitis as a result of being trapped in the ice for four days; the major goal at the moment was to stabilize him.
They went on to see if Miracle had a home and was gone after adequate medical care, but they found no identifying tag or microchip. Friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter opted to care for the young one until a foster home could be found for him.
The dog was ready to begin his adoption process after a full recovery, so the shelter began looking for a suitable home.
“It’s just incredible. It was clearly not her moment. It’s a marvel he can walk at all.”
The shelter announced on Facebook that numerous individuals had expressed interest in adopting Miracle. However, in the midst of all of these requests, they came across one from the man who had saved her life, and they decided that it was the best choice.