Tiny Puppy Left To Die In Frozen River, But Everything Changes When Officers Show Up

January temperatures had dropped below freezing in Daytona Beach, Florida when a small, abandoned puppy was spotted fighting for her life in the waters of a river under a bridge.

Animal control officers arrived on the scene after someone apparently saw the pitbull puppy struggling in the frozen river and called Animal Control. Officers John Pearson and James Lee who found the little puppy reported, “Eyes are open. Don’t know how long she’s been outside, but she is freezing. Trying to get him warm.”

“She was cold and wet. We’re taking care of it. It’s starting to warm up a little bit.”

The officers wrapped the frozen, shivering puppy in a blanket and took turns snuggling her in their arms to share body heat.

River's Rescue

For the last couple of weeks we've been telling you about River the Frozen Puppy. As you know her story ended happily; she is safe and sound and very loved in the home of one of our police officers. But we wanted to share the moment after River was found and then rescued by our wonderful animal control officers John Pearson and James Lee. And we really want to thank the person, whoever you are, who called and let DBPD know that River had been left to die under the Seabreeze Bridge in mid-January when the temperature had fallen to below freezing.

Posted by Daytona Beach Police Department on Thursday, February 8, 2018

The pup was then sent to a local animal shelter to recuperate and was given the name “River.”