Monona PD saves a drowning dog in the Yahara River | Monona / Cottage Grove Herald-Independent

Police in Monona saved the life of a dog last Tuesday after K9 was reported to be drowning in the Yahara River.

At approximately 8:06 p.m. on September 14, Monona officers were dispatched to the 6300 block of Winnequah Road in response to a dog that was trapped and drowning under a jetty, according to a statement from Monona PD.

Otis, a yellow Labrador Retriever, “could be heard struggling to find his way and doing whatever he could to stay afloat in the dark,” the statement said.

It was reported that a pedestrian jumped after Otis in an attempt to rescue him, but this frightened the dog and left him trapped even more. Monona’s officers said they decided the easiest way to save Otis was to extract him from the pier.

Pedestrians, the property owner, and Monona police called out Otis’ name until it was in an accessible position under the pier before quickly removing the planks from the pier and leaning over to make pass Otis.

Otis quickly reunited with his family. Monona police said they checked in with Otis and his family the next day and “were all doing very well.”

“In times of peril, darkness and uncertainty … kindness and heroic effort are needed not only to see the light, but to shine,” Monona PD said in a statement a day after the incident. “In Monona’s heart… the stars shone last night.”

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