CRANFORD, New Jersey (PIX11) — Three Cranford police officers saved a dog who was choking on a tennis ball.
The officers responded to a frantic 911 call Dec. 19 about 7 p.m. in a field near the Walnut Avenue School. Leo, a Great Dane and Shepherd mix, began choking on a tennis ball during a game of catch.
Officer Robert Jordan quickly grabbed the 140-pound canine and began using abdominal thrusts. Officers John Rattigan and Brian Trotter also arrived on the scene.
Moments later, the ball became partially dislodged. The officers detected that Leo was able to breathe and immediately brought him to a waiting patrol car.
From there, Leo and his owner, Donna Stone, were rushed to Westfield Animal Hospital by Rattigan and Trotter. Waiting staff performed an emergency procedure to completely remove the tennis ball from the dog’s body.
“As an animal lover myself, I am well aware of the relationship that exists between dog and owner,” Cranford Police Chief James Wozniak said in a statement. “I’m glad we were able [to] avert a heartbreaking incident for this family during the holidays.”