A German Shepherd mix named Scooby is safe and sound after being stranded in the Los Angeles river for nearly two hours on Monday.
Angela Buono, the dog’s relieved owner spoke to Inside Edition after her ordeal.
“It was scary, cause in my mind I was like, is this gonna be it for him?” Buono said.
Viewers were glued to the pup’s life-and-death drama that unfolded on live TV, after he ran into the normally dry river bed. Rainstorms had transformed it into a swift-moving river on this day.
Buono says she didn’t hesitate before jumping in the river. She was swept away by the strong current. Scooby caught up to her, but then she was at risk of drowning.
Both drifted for 30 minutes before rescuers could save her.
“I saw the guy coming from the helicopter, and he informed me that I had to release him. He assured me — I kept asking if he was going to go back for the dog. I saw him get swept away, and it was probably one of the scariest things ever,” Buono said.
Scooby was then saved by a good Samaritan who tried to help him but his scared dog bit him. Firefighters had to save the man.
Scooby was also close to another firefighter, but Scooby managed to escape.
Nine miles away from the spot where Scooby was first swept off, a rapid water rescue crew was able place a rope around Scooby and bring him to safety.
Buono says Scooby is a rescue dog and can sometimes get anxious.
Scooby watched today’s rescue live on TV, from the comfort of his living-room, as Buono expressed gratitude for all who helped to rescue her dog.
Officials at fire have stated that the media coverage of the rescue is an opportunity to remind good-intentioned rescuers and not to rush to save the day.