California Emergency Officials Rescue Two Dogs From Rushing Waterway

Emergency responders saved two dogs swept away by the high and rushing water of the San Jose Creek in Goleta, California, on Thursday, January 5, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBC Fire).

A front of thunderstorms and heavy showers brought several inches of rainfall to Los Angeles, California, and the surrounding area, the National Weather Service said.

Video posted by Scott Safechuck, the Santa Barbara County Fire Public Information Officer, on Thursday shows the rescue.

Safechuck said that SBC Fire, Swift Water Rescue, animal control, and the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office worked together to save the two dogs who had traveled approximately one mile in the rushing water.

Officials said that “both dogs appear uninjured” and were “reunited with owner.” Safechuck warned people to keep their distance from all waterways during the rains and higher creek levels. Credit: Scott Safechuck via Storyful

Video transcript

[WATER RUSHING]

SHERIFF: OK.

[WATER RUSHING]

OK.

[WATER RUSHING]