A woman kicked a small white dog into Florida’s rough Intracoastal Waterway on Sunday night. She told fisherman Greg Bunch not to worry — that the dog liked to swim, and would make it to the other side.
Then she left, with the dog still struggling in the water.
“It’s breaking my heart. I gotta do something. I gotta get this dog out of the water,” Bunch said to the TV station WPTV.
He did, by gathering a small crew of bystanders who effected a boat rescue — in water so choppy it hurt the boat — only to discover the dog had been facing more than strong currents. She’d also been wrapped in wire, which was tied around her neck and back leg.
The rescuers cut off the wire, and called 911.
The dog is now named Jellybean. As you can see in the above photo, she’s made friends with some 911 operators. They gave Jellybean love and helped her rest before she was picked up by Friends of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control.
Jellybean’s also been given veterinary care, and scanned for a microchip. That led to Richard Ostrovski, who told police his mother — Eva Klein — had the dog.
On Monday, Klein was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty.
Upon posting $3,000 bail, Klein left jail and told reporters that she hadn’t intentionally wrapped Jellybean in wire. “Why would I kill her?” Klein reportedly said.
Captain Dave Walesky said to WPTV that Jellybean “seems pretty happy, pretty active.”
She is being cared for by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control. She will go up for adoption once the agency has legal ownership — either by court order or if Klein agrees to give over custody.
Boca Raton police said that Jellybean would have died without her quick-acting rescuers. They said the way that Jellybean was wrapped in the wire, the very act of trying to stay afloat was causing strangulation.
“It should be noted that Klein’s method of tightly wrapping a wire around the dog’s neck, tying it to one back leg, and then pushing it into the [Intracoastal] is a premeditated action that will surely cause death of the animal if it had not been rescued,” an officer wrote in a police report, published in the Sun-Sentinel.
From this, Jellybean’s future is looking much happier. It seems that the folks who saved her life also want to help her have a great life.
Walesky told the Palm Beach Post:
Several of the people who helped rescue [Jellybean] said they were interested in adopting.
Featured image via Boca Raton Police Services Department