A runaway dog that swam a mind-blowing 3,300 feet across the Ohio River last year has found a new forever home.
Meet Allie, a rescue dog that swam from Evansville, Indiana, to Henderson County, Kentucky, via the Ohio River.
Allie embarked on her journey on December 5th, 2020, after running away from her previous home. She immediately gained attention from local police and fire departments—and the dog’s swim made national headlines.
According to SWNS, Allie cleared the river within an hour. But the trek almost turned fatal. Shortly after jumping into the icy water, police, fire, and animal control crews were on-site to pull the dog to safety. But Allie wouldn’t cooperate and nearly drowned.
“I raced down there and found several people watching her in the water and said she had gone under several times,” said her new owner Michelle Phillips.
The frightened dog luckily made it to land safely. But she immediately fled into the woods. And it took a week for rescuers to convince Allie to come out. But when she did, she was sent to live with Phillips on a temporary basis.
“We just brought her home and she went and laid down on our couch,” Phillips shared. “I don’t think she moved much that first night, we just let her be. She was extremely fearful of people, dog leashes, and just scared.”
Michelle Phillips was tasked with training the dog so she could be rehomed. But after working with the pooch, she quickly fell in love. Allie officially became part of the Phillips family earlier this month.
“I really decided quite early on that she wasn’t going anywhere,” Phillips admitted. “I believe dogs are family and mine have a good life. Every dog deserves a loving home and a chance. I could not stand to put her through anything more so I really thought, what better time than the year ‘anniversary’ of finding her?”
Woman Suffers ‘Significant Thermal Burns’ While Trying to Save Dog at Yellowstone National Park
A traveler suffered “significant burns” after following her dog into 275-degree water.
According to the New York Post, the incident happened just outside of Firehole River in northwestern Wyoming. An unidentified woman chased her escaped dog through the fields of Yellowstone and ended up in Maiden’s Grave—one of the park’s 10,000 boiling hot springs.
While running, the dog jumped into the scalding water, and the woman followed. But when she attempted to rescue the animal, she immediately began to panic. Luckily, the woman’s father had followed the two into the park. And he was able to pull both his daughter and the dog to land.
The woman was transferred to East Idaho Regional Medical Center’s burn unit. But there has been no report on her current condition.
However, the event did prompt park officials to make a formal statement.
“Stay on boardwalks and trails in thermal areas,” they wrote in a press release. “Hot springs have injured or killed more people in Yellowstone than any other natural feature. Keep your children close and don’t let them run.”