Elderly woman’s dog stuck in Glasgow pond rescued by young ‘hero’

A YOUTH has been hailed a ‘hero’ after saving an elderly woman’s dog who was struggling in the water.

The young teenager was in Rosshall Park when she noticed the animal was stuck in the pond yesterday afternoon.

James McKay, of Pollok, witnessed the incident while walking in the park with his own dog.

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The 52-year-old said: “I’m a bird photographer in the park. I was looking for an owl in the tree and heard a dog whining and barking.

“I walked over to the pond and saw the girl in the water. The dog was stuck in the water lilies.

“There was about five feet in the water and the girl was waist deep in water. She pulled the dog out after about three minutes, but I don’t know how long she was in the water. before I get there.”

The little brown dog still had his harness and leash.

James added: “The owner was very upset, she was yelling at the dog ‘come on, come on’.

“You know how people are with their pets. She was an elderly woman, so that dog would have meant a lot to her.

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“After the girl took the dog out, the woman was really excited. She was asking the girl her name and couldn’t thank her enough. I said ‘that was awesome, well done’.”

After returning home, James contacted the Crookston and Pollok Community Facebook page, who shared a message about the ordeal.

It has since garnered over 700 likes and nearly 100 comments.

James wrote: “Hi, I was over Rosshall Park at the pond when a small dog got stuck in the lily pads and struggled to get out.

“The owner of the dog was an elderly lady, but a young girl named Lana (not sure of the spelling) jumped waist deep in the water and managed to drag the dog out. It was an act of kindness that she took a chance on her own safety to free him.

“Well done this girl.”

Those running the page added, “Well done girl! Lana, you’re a little hero!”

James said the dozens of comments praising the girl were well deserved.

He said: “I contacted the page because I thought it was a good thing to do. It was very selfless. A lot of kids have a bad reputation. It was really nice of the little girl to come in and get the dog out.”

One person in the comments wrote: “Well done Lana, I hope you are proud of yourself and your parents should be proud for raising such a caring daughter. You saved the little dog and the old lady a lot of heartache. lady.”

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