Applaud Rescuers for Saving Dog’s Life

Sandy River

Target: Sgt. Thoroughman, head of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit

Goal: Thank deputies for their bravery in saving a dog from a roaring river

In mid-May a dog fell out of her owner’s pontoon-style fishing boat into Oregon’s Sandy River. The water was cold and full of rapids, preventing her owner from reaching the frightened dog. The owner quickly dialed 9-1-1 and brave deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Marine Unit intervened, saving the dog from the dangerous river.

This brave dog, whose name is Mazy, managed to swim to a rocky bank before rescuers arrived. Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Nate Thompson explained to a reporter with The Oregonian that rescuers had to quickly develop a unique plan to deal with the situation. As one of the deputies prepared to repel down the rocky cliff to where Mazy sat below, another deputy waited in a boat down the river in case the frightened pooch decided to hop back into the freezing water. Mazy became spooked by the climbing equipment above. She fled into the water and the second deputy pulled her into the boat, rescuing her from the ice-cold rapids.

These courageous men did everything in their power to ensure that this story had a happy ending. To honor their bravery People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) awarded the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit a Compassionate Action Award. PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch said in a statement, “PETA hopes the deputies’ kindness and tenacity will inspire others to stop and help animals in need—and that Mazy’s escape will remind all dog guardians to keep an eye on their furry friends.” Along with a framed certificate, PETA is also sending the deputies a letter of congratulations and a box of vegan cookies.

Please take a moment to thank the deputies of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit for their act of bravery in reuniting Mazy with her thankful owner.


Dear Sgt. Thoroughman,

I was pleased to learn of the courageous actions that your deputies took to rescue a frightened dog from the dangerous Sandy River. Had the officers not intervened this story would likely not have had a happy ending.

Thank you for placing yourselves at risk to save the life of someone’s beloved four-legged friend, and congratulations on receiving PETA’s Compassionate Action Award.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Sandy Historical Society via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Sheila Jefferson says:

    Thank you!

  2. Stan Benton says:

    Way to go guys! If it had been a human you saved, you’d most likely get a medal. But you get the thanks of animal lovers everywhere.

  3. Stephanie Geyser says:

    Thank you for caring!

  4. Barbara Crank says:

    It’s people like you that make me think there is hope for the world!

  5. Michael Guest says:

    This is also a good story I like to hear. A dog being rescued by people.

  6. Thank you so much for saving the life of this beautiful dog you should be rewarded for your action. Thanks again

  7. Joyce Levy says:

    Thank you so much. You are real heroes.

  8. Thank you so very much, you are a credit to your uniforms and your profession

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