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Puppy rescued after getting loose at South Street Seaport and diving off pier into the East River


That deserves a-paws! Puppy rescued by NYPD after getting loose at South Street Seaport and diving into the East River Saturday morning

  • NYPD Emergency Service Unit officers managed to save the life of a puppy who got away from its owner and jumped into the East River on Saturday morning
  • The pup, called Bebe, broke free from her leash at South Street Seaport and ran into the water off Pier 17
  • Little dog  swam more than 200 yards in the freezing cold river
  • Rescuers put on wetsuits and life jackets before swimming out to rescue the puppy bringing her safely back to land to her anxious owner 

A four-month-old puppy was rescued from the East River after breaking free from her leash on Saturday morning.

The black rescue pup, known as Bebe, was being walked by Can Liu, a worker at the Animal Haven shelter in Lower Manhattan, when he was suddenly startled by a Rottweiler who was not on a leash.

The other dog tried to bite Bebe’s face, who then managed to get away from her walker. 

‘He latched onto my dog’s face. I was trying to separate them,’ Liu said to the New York Post. ‘The little guy must have gotten spooked by the big dog, then he was wandering around before managing to jump into the frigid East River.

NYPD Emergency Service Unit officers managed to save the life of a puppy who got away from its owner and jumped into the East River on Saturday morning

NYPD Emergency Service Unit officers managed to save the life of a puppy who got away from its owner and jumped into the East River on Saturday morning

The pup, called Bebe, broke free from his leash at South Street Seaport and ran into the water off Pier 17

The pup, called Bebe, broke free from his leash at South Street Seaport and ran into the water off Pier 17

NYPD Special Ops provided details on Twitter over what had happened on Saturday morning

NYPD Special Ops provided details on Twitter over what had happened on Saturday morning

Bebe was rescued from the streets of Antigua and brought to New York City

Bebe was rescued from the streets of Antigua and brought to New York City

‘He’s scared of people. I guess he found like a crevice by the pier and just jumped in.’

The puppy was carried along by the current under Pier 17.  

‘That’s when everybody started freaking out. This is like a little four-month-old puppy in freezing cold water.’ 

Bebe was rescued from the streets of Antigua and brought to New York City so he could be adopted. 

Officers from the NYPD Emergency Service Unit were quickly on the scene and jumped into the water, managing to bring Bebe to shore.

The lttle dog swam more than 200 yards in the freezing cold river before he was rescued

The lttle dog swam more than 200 yards in the freezing cold river before he was rescued

The dog appeared to be overjoyed having made it back onto dry land

The dog appeared to be overjoyed having made it back onto dry land

Rescuers put on wetsuits and swam out to rescue the puppy bringing her safely back to land to  Can Liu, a worker at the Animal Haven shelter, pictured center, who was walking her at the time

Rescuers put on wetsuits and swam out to rescue the puppy bringing her safely back to land to  Can Liu, a worker at the Animal Haven shelter, pictured center, who was walking her at the time

On Saturday afternoon, the dog was back at her shelter and appeared unharmed.  

‘He seems fine now, much better. He’s eating. He’s still playing,’ Liu said.

Later in the day, the dog was rescued once again – this time finding her forever home.

Brooklyn resident, Rayshon Modeste, 18, saw the dog’s picture on Animal Haven’s website having already adopted another dog, Dash, from the same shelter. 

‘My soul talked with Bee Bee just from the picture I saw of her on the website, the same way my soul talked with Dash,’ said Modeste, who took BeBe home on Saturday. 

Later on Saturday afternoon, having been warmed up, the dog was rescued by someone who wanted to adopt him

Later on Saturday afternoon, having been warmed up, the dog was rescued by someone who wanted to adopt him

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