Travis Heying, a photojournalist in Wichita, Kansas, captured a dramatic rescue of Taz, a dog who had fallen into a swollen river.
It all started when John Huy, 79, a retired aviation engineer, took a walk in the rain with Taz, a 6-year-old 100-pound mutt, described as “part pit, part lab, and part I-don’t-know-what.”
Spooked by lightning, Taz jumped into a creek and became trapped by the rising waters. Huy and a bystander jumped in to rescue him, but Taz was trapped by the rising river waters under a concrete embankment in a small air pocket.
The fire department was called. Expecting to rescue humans from the creek with scuba equipment, they immediately began trying to rescue the frantic dog.
Just when it looked like Taz had disappeared forever, a dog nose was spotted under the concrete.
Rescuers used power saws to cut a hole in the concrete to pull out the trapped Taz.
Eight fire trucks, police to direct traffic, scuba gear, sledge hammers, concrete saws and around 20 trained rescue firefighters--all to rescue a dog.
You just know there is going to be criticism of the waste of tax dollars.
But fire Captain Wells and his men understand.
“...we understand that pets are very, very important to people’s lives,” he said. “We’re glad to be here. It’s been a good day.”