Man hears distressing howl and looked in river—the sight that greeted him was crushing

May 3, 2018 2:13 pm Last Updated: May 3, 2018 2:13 pm

Mud is a hassle for dog owners everywhere. If a dog jumps into muddy water, it can be difficult not to track dirt through the house. They need to be bathed, but often dogs aren’t fond of baths.

Sometimes, though, mud is more than a nuisance. Dogs can at times get stuck in the muck with no way of getting out. In those moments, it’s a dog-lover’s duty to pull the pooch up or call on people who can.

Darrell Perkins was leaving for work when a noise came from the river— a dog was trapped in the mud.

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On the morning of April 25, Darrell Perkins of Ulysses, Kentucky, was about to drive to work when he heard a strange noise. It seemed like a dog howl.

Perkins knew that Ginger, his sister and brother-in-law’s dog, had been missing for a few days, but she was very old.

“We just knew she was dead somewhere,” Perkins wrote on Facebook.

Still, he followed the sound, on the off-chance that it might be Ginger. Sure enough, it was her. She was alive but not well.

Ginger was stuck in the shallow, muddy water of a riverbank. It seemed she had slipped and injured her leg on the shore before falling in.

Perkins called his sister, Brenda Osborne, to inform her of the situation. He also called neighbor Mitchell McCoy, and Johnny Rickman, the dog warden for the county. He knew he wouldn’t be able to pull Ginger out alone and needed their help.

Perkins called on neighbors and the county dog warden to pull Ginger out.

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Rickman lowered himself down wearing a harness, while the others stood at the top of the hill to support him. He gave the pup a pat on the head before tying her mouth with string and lifting her out of the water.

As Rickman carried Ginger, he started to lose footing.

“Hang on. Let me get a better grip here,” said one of the rope-holders.

Instead of climbing straight up, Rickman crawled to flatter ground with Ginger still in his arms. From there, Rickman and Ginger were pulled to safety.

The rescue was captured on video as Rickman lowered himself with a harness down the muddy bank. Meanwhile, Ginger looked up with big eyes, anticipating her rescue. Once Rickman picked up Ginger, the other people helped pull them to safety.

Thanks to the group’s efforts, Ginger is alive and well.

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From there, Ginger was taken to Tri-County Animal Clinic. It’s a miracle that she survived.

“I’m thankful that the river hadn’t raised a couple feet or she would have drowned,” he said.

A Facebook update from local news anchor, Raven Brown, confirmed that Ginger returned from the clinic and was feeling much better. As of April 30, she was still a bit wobbly when walking but otherwise fine. She returned to rolling around and playing in the backyard.

“We were worried about her. Didn’t know if she was gonna make it … but it seems like she’s doing pretty good this evening,” Osborne told the local news.