Dog Rescued During Cleanup Of Tar River

A clean-up mission turned into a rescue mission on the Tar River when a group of ECU students spotted a dog stranded on the river bank.

The cleanup was organized by the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation which conducts two river cleanups per year. The organization had about 15 kayaks in the water in Greenville this weekend cleaning up trash. That's when one of them spotted a dog on a tiny beach off the river, with nowhere to go.

One of the students, Matt Cahill, jumped out of his kayak and trenched through the mud and rescued the dog, who had been missing for a night.

Kristen Johnson, an ECU student, is the dogs owner. "I started laughing because she's a weird dog. She thinks she's a person and so she ends up in the funniest places, like sometimes we get a call from our friends saying she knocked on their door."

Johnson says Zavior, who is a lab-chow mix, had worn out the pads on paws after running on the concrete for so long, but should be back to normal soon.


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  • by OSOC Location: Washington on Apr 23, 2010 at 04:13 PM
    you find out their days are numbered by cancer. Goldens are notorious of it. Instead of being saddended by it, I rejoice that her quality of life has been good and what sacrifice she made, took MG patients out of wheel chairs. So, when you have a bond, you will understand the importance of that life, that risk and the love you have for these creatures. Nothing will break you heart more, than loosing them, you have to protect them like children and love them like family. If a crate would keep em out of harms way...get a crate, its out of love and not opine.
  • by OSOC Location: Washington on Apr 23, 2010 at 04:04 PM
    Kristen and Miranda, I am mixed on this story. Young dogs do things to challenge the system, just like kids do. I read some were against crate training, howver, I crate trained my last three Golden Retrievers. They can be a handfull without it and eventually, it is their safe zone. Mine would go there for safety and sleep. After some time, I never locked the door. Later, she ended up in bed with me, hair and all. She has myasthenia gravis and I needed to hear her breathe at night. She was a test dog for a pharmacetical company as it was her only hope to live. Why? The drug was used for humans after her trial was successful...a miracle dog to say the least. I had to be overly reposible and make many sacrifices. So, like Phillip, if I left her on her own for one moment, she was a dominant female, she would run free. Many years later, she never left my sight when outdoors or even in the house. Just the way it was. You only realize how important they are
  • by Philip on Apr 20, 2010 at 07:11 PM
    Miranda, having owned dogs since I can remember, and having one now who managed to disappear for two days despite everything I did to prevent it, I can tell you that suggesting this animal should be taken away is cruel, heartless, and adding insult to injury. If someone had said that to me after having gone through the trauma that comes with losing your dog, I would be facing assault charges. It's unfair. If it was her child, the comments would probably be even more supporting because it is a terrifying experience to have a loved one disappear. It happens all the time even to the best of parents and owners. I was at a friend's house just the other day where the dog slipped out because another guest opened the door too wide while leaving. Kids and dogs want to explore. It's their nature, and where there's a will, there's a way. You have no right to pass these judgements on someone you saw for 30 seconds on a fluff news piece, so I suggest you take your opinions to a more deserving topic
  • by Zavior Location: Eastern Carolina on Apr 20, 2010 at 06:37 PM
    Dear Kristin,Please try harder to keep me safe. Thank You, Love Zavior.
  • by Zay's Friend Location: Greenville on Apr 20, 2010 at 05:21 PM
    Zay is a very different dog. There are dogs that love to wander, who go beyond the electrical fence no matter how bad it hurts, and those who stay at home because they are scared. If you don't know Zay, then it's probably best that you don't comment negatively about her. She is very well taken care of. If you didn't notice, she also has a sister that was in the video who was perfectly fine and who has never wandered away. I was very surprised to hear that Zay had wandered that far-which she has never done before, and me and her mom were very worried about her. She has a big back yard to play in with a fence and an electrical fence that she is put in when her family isn't home-which is only a few hours at a time, other than that she is a house dog. How many big dogs can say that? It was a miracle and she was blessed to have been found, but It is no ones choice to say that a loved one needs to be taken away from their family.
  • by Miranda Location: Greenville on Apr 20, 2010 at 12:45 PM
    To those who don't think the owner has any responsibility to this dog...she said IT'S NOT THE FIRST TIME...and not likely to be last! I am a dog owner and have never needed anyone to rescue my dog because I wasn't able to make sure he was secure and protected! I bet there would be different comments up here if this was her kid she couldn't keep on eye on and just 'wandered' around! This person shouldn't be allowed to keep the dog in my opinion since she's stated she's unable to keep the dog contained...what is she going to do when the dog actually get's hurt or dies like it very easily could have today...think about it!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2010 at 10:42 AM
    Kristen, glad Zavior is safe and hope the paws heal up soon, know that must be very painful.
  • by LindsAY Location: high point on Apr 20, 2010 at 10:28 AM
    one time i was dog sitting a dog like that. she escaped from a chain link fence and an underground fence! I had 3 other dogs in then fence, too, and none of them got away. the dogs owner was away in chicago and go a phone call that someone had found her dog. Long story short, the owner called me and i went and picked the dog up 5 miles away! The dog was wet and smelled like poo!! So, Kristen i know how these things can happen, especially with weird dogs!
  • by JL Location: Washington on Apr 20, 2010 at 09:58 AM
    Glad your dog is safe Kristen. Im a dog lover too, and I know how they have minds of their own. I lived on the river in Chocowinity for many years. One morning, my lab was playing with a beach ball and when the ball went into the water, so did my lab! He went out about 500 yards, still trying to get that ball in his mouth. By the time I saw him, he was way too far out to hear me and was in danger of drowning or getting hit by a boat. My neighbor had to launch his boat to go get him for me. So I know how dogs can end up in situations like that. And I know what a great feeling it is to have them home safe! And yes Anon, things like this happen and its no fault of the owner. Stop critisizing and try to focus on the positive ending to this story. Some people just love to critisize other peoples lives, almost as if they had no life of their own.
  • by TS on Apr 20, 2010 at 09:46 AM
    Next time you have the chance to meet one of Greenville's finiest Animal Control Officers. Don't condemn them for doing their jobs, THANK them. They want you and your animals to be safe. Yes, you may get a ticket or a citation, but then if you are in violation, don't you deserve it? Isn't there something you should, or could, have done that would have prevented it? These guys are considered one of the "BEST" Animal Control units in the state. They conduct business in a very professional manner. It may not be to your liking, but they do it anyway. They deal with many of the criminal element on the west side and the most "law abiding" on the east side. The supervisor of Animal Control gets calls from all over the state asking questions regarding the unit and how they can make their units better. I have recieved my share of citations and I know "I" was at fault. But I have to thank them, I have been fortunate enough to get my dog back EVERYtime and am extremly greatful.
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