Florida deputy jumps into swampy pond to save trapped dog

July 7, 2018 10:22 am Last Updated: July 11, 2018 9:02 am

Swimming in anything but a pool in Florida is considered a risk. On second thought, you better stick to your bathtub because alligators have been known to take a dip in people’s pools before.

As for the other bodies of water in Florida, you can take a guess what might be lurking in them—alligators, snakes, frogs, insects, the list goes on and on.

But none of that seemed to phase Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matt Patellis when he recently jumped into a Florida lake.

Six months into his job, Patellis found himself jumping into a small swampy lake.


The deputy told WFLA that he heard a dog crying because it appeared to be trapped in a pond in a Hillsborough County neighborhood.

Patellis recalled that he attempted the “usual” ways to lure a dog towards him, but nothing seemed to work.

Without giving it much thought, Patellis jumped in to save the dog named Cody.

He carefully approached the dog that was in chest-deep water.

“It was in the back of my mind, I just didn’t really focus on it,” he said about the threat of alligators in the water. “I saw a dog that was crying and he just looked pathetic over there, so I just wanted to go get him and help him out.”

Eventually he was able to coax Cody out of the pond.


After a little encouragement, Patellis rescued the Boxer and brought him to shore.

Both seemed excited to be back on dry land.

“They both need showers but everyone is back home safe thanks to the Deputy going above and beyond the call of duty by going into the small lake,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Twitter.

Hopefully that was the last time both Patellis and Cody go for a dip in a Florida pond.