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[25 SEPT 98] COMMUNITY NEWS
Award For Dog Rescue Police Officer

A Warwickshire police sergeant who rescued a dog from the swollen waters of the River Leam has been awarded a top accolade from the RSPCA.

Leamington officer David Wright pulled the dog to safety seconds before he was swept over a weir where he would have drowned.

Sgt. Wright has been awarded an RSPCA Certificate of Merit for saving the dog’s life. He will be presented with the Certificate as a special ceremony at Warwickshire Police HQ, Leek Wootton, on 29 September.

The rescue happened on 8 March when the River Leam was swollen and fast moving after heavy rain.

The 13-year-old crossbreed had jumped into the river while out walking with his owner in Leamington’s Jephson Gardens. The dog was in the water for two hours and unable to climb out.

His owner contacted the police and when Sgt Wright arrived at the scene he anchored himself to an overhanging branch and managed to grab the dog’s collar as he swept past.
   

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