Sweater-wearing​ dog saves Puerto Rican woman

Credit: US Fish and Wildlife Services

The Department of Interior says a small dog wearing a sweater is responsible for saving a woman trapped under a scooter in Puerto Rico.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee James Casey has been helping with post- Maria recovery efforts in Puerto Rico since September 19. He’s been working with 30 Interior Department employees assigned to assist FEMA.

“This area was abandoned, littered with debris, and if it wasn’t for this little dog, it would have been likely she would not have been found and possibly perished as she has prior medical issues,”

When Casey was accessing security at a closed hospital in Humacao, Puerto Rico he noticed a small dog in an unusual outfit trying to get his attention.

“The dog was wearing a sweater, and we were curious as to why a dog would be wearing a sweater alone in this area,” Casey recalled. “The dog kept going up and down the hill.”

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Officials assist woman after becoming trapped under scooter en route to Puerto Rico. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services

Casey thought the dog (named Agua) was unusual, so he and a team decided to follow the dog down a hill.  When they reached the bottom, they found a woman trapped underneath a scooter.

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“This area was abandoned, littered with debris, and if it wasn’t for this little dog, it would have been likely she would not have been found and possibly perished as she has prior medical issues,” said Casey. “We all voted ‘Agua’ the dog the hero of our mission for saving her owner’s life.”

The woman was trying to get to the hospital when she lost control of her scooter, and it rolled on top of her.  She had been trapped there for over an hour.

The Interior Department reports that the crew commandeered an ambulance and rushed her to receive medical help.

The Department of Interior has 325 employees deployed to or stationed in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands helping with recovery efforts since Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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