Police dog swept away in river found ‘soaking and shaken’ by rescuers

Police dog found after being swept away (Picture: South Wales Police : Heddlu De Cymru/Facebook)
The dog was found ‘soaking and shaken’ after she was swept away (Picture: South Wales Police : Heddlu De Cymru/Facebook)

A police dog ‘swept away’ in the River Taff during a training exercise has been safely rescued after officers launched an urgent appeal.

The Labrador had jumped into the water between Upper Boat and Rhydyfelin, in Pontypridd, South Wales Police said.

Officers feared she might have become ‘stuck on trees or brambles somewhere’ and urged anyone who might have seen her to get in touch.

But hours later they shared a photo of the dog on land, stating that she had been found ‘soaking and shaken but safe and well’.

A post on the South Wales Police Facebook page read: ‘To the kind lady who found and sat with her, stroking her through a fence until officers arrived – thank you.

Undated handout photo issued by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council of the River Taff at Pontypridd in South Wales after heavy rainfall overnight. PA Photo. Issue date: Saturday February 29, 2020. Flood-hit South Wales has declared a critical incident after Storm Jorge heralded its arrival with heavy rain and strong winds as Britain endures its fourth weekend of downpours. See PA story WEATHER Storm. Photo credit should read: Rhondda Cynon Taf Council/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
She jumped into the water during a training exercise, officers said (Picture: PA)

‘To the 6,000 of you that shared our post and everyone that rung in offering to help search – thank you.’

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Responding to a concerned social media user, a spokesperson added that the dog was uninjured and suffering from ‘nothing a treat won’t sort out.’

The Force have since received thousands of comments from well-wishers expressing their relief that the dog was found.

The River Taff has been at the centre of numerous flood alerts in past weeks, after it breached its banks in February following weeks of heavy rain.

Photos from Pontypridd showed the town centre almost entirely underwater, while many residents’ cars, homes and businesses were left severely damaged.

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