Sacto 9-1-1
June 2, 2011
Dog plucked from chilly waters by Folsom police officer

A dog was recently rescued by a Folsom Police officer from the frigid, swift water below the Rainbow Bridge.

Thor, a brindle Boxer, slipped on smooth granite at the water's edge May 26. A bystander who witnessed the struggling pooch put in a call to Folsom police dispatch, which brought Officer Rob Challoner to the scene.

Challoner, thinking ahead, brought with him a dog rescue noose from the station. He found the elderly distraught dogowners who directed them to Thor.

Challoner leaned out with the noose as far as he could. When the off-balance officer started to slip, a State Parks officer grabbed Challoner's belt.

That gave Challoner the balance to reach the dog and pluck him from the cold water, according to a Folsom police press release. Cheers erupted from onlookers.

"Thor was a brave little guy," Challoner later said. "When I arrived, it looked as though he was hanging on by his nails. I'm glad the lieutenant from state parks arrived, otherwise I might have been hanging on the edge with Thor."

Folsom police related the rescue to remind pet owners that safety for dogs is one reason for leash laws. The name of the state parks officer was not immediately available.

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