BALTIMORE (WJZ)–Beyond the call of duty: A Baltimore police officer with the Marine Unit dives into frigid waters in the Inner Harbor to save a dog in distress.

Suzanne Collins has more on the rescue.

Penny, a chow lab mix, is lucky to be alive. Police say they had to don wet suits to keep her from drowning.

Penny was being checked out of the vet’s office Thursday after running away Wednesday and nearly drowning in the Inner Harbor.

“My roommate opened our front door to sign for a package and Penny ran out of the house,” said Rachel Naumann, dog owner. 

Now Penny and her owner are able to say thank you to the men in blue who saved the dog’s life.

It was 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday when the call came into 911 that there was a dog in distress in the water near Harborview on Key Highway. At that time, the temperature was just 38 degrees.

“He was struggling. At that point, he was exhausted. You could see he was going underneath the water. He was trying to hang on to some reed board that was underneath the structures over there, trying to stay afloat,” said Americus Rambeau, Marine Unit.

Rambeau is the one who put on the wet suit to help Penny in the water.

“He was just happy that somebody was there to cling on to,” Rambeau said.

Naumann said she, her parents and her friends searched all night for Penny and even Thursday morning. Then there was great relief when she learned that the lab mix was at the city shelter.

“I was a nervous wreck the past few hours, trying to figure out where she was,” Naumann said. “I thought I totally lost her.”

The Marine Unit admits it does go out on animal calls when needed.

“It was the right thing to do,” said Sgt. Michael Kain, Marine Unit. “It’d been wrong for anybody to just turn their back and just walk away.”

Rambeau only owns cats, but he says he loves all animals and was very happy to see Penny again on Thursday in much better shape.

Penny’s owner is shocked she survived the ordeal. She says the dog has never been swimming and hates taking a bath.

Comments (16)
  1. Shelby McKinney Selby says:

    Awesome! It’s nice to read a story with a happy ending for a change!

    1. Ben Riechart says:

      You are a hero for rescuing a dog but a criminal for rescuing a deer. Remember that story ?

      1. mama says:

        You are right Ben… I was going to make the same comment but you beat me to it.. Where is the fairness here??? Don’t get me wrong, I am an animal lover and I’m so glad that the dog is fine but what about the guys that saved the deer? Talk about double standards

  2. Doug says:

    We don’t know how to react to any nice news.
    You mostly feed us gloom and doom.

    1. Joel says:

      So in other words, Doug, you have managed to find a way to complain about an uplifting article because newspapers, according to you, only publish depressing ones?

      Who’s being negative now?

  3. Shannon W says:

    We need more who will stop and help an animal! Good to hear a great animal report for once!

  4. Jamie Elizabeth says:

    Why doesnt he get a 90 dollar ticket like the 2 men that jumped into the patapsco to save a deer?? He wasnt wearing a life vest! Or does this law only apply when the animal isnt someones pet? Im happy that the dog is safe and all but what hypocrisy.

  5. rdm says:

    Natural selection…. this is why house pets continue to get worse and worse.

  6. Joseph Gawronski says:

    Seriously RDM? I’m pretty sure dogs have run away from home since the beginning of time, and I’m not sure Darwinism has anything to do with that… But I’m sure you could straighten out this undisciplined disappointment to the canine species. Perhaps you should write a strongly worded letter to the owners on how they should have the dog sit in a corner for a few hours to atone for it’s sins against humanity, or maybe they should be fined for allowing this evil monster to run amok in the streets causing mayhem and violence. Get a grip..

  7. Tor Johnson says:

    What would McNutty do?

  8. Wayne says:

    Saving a dog is great practice for saving a person. Good for them to have that policy of not turning their backs!

  9. bumblefoot2004 says:

    The moral of this story: A Penny saved is… another chance for this dog to create more havoc later!. Happy New Year!

  10. V says:

    That’s a great cop. I have two little dogs, and it is painful to imagine either of them in that situation, frightened and trying to stay afloat. Thank goodness for good people. This is heartwarming in a world with far, far too many heartbreaking animal stories. Words can’t express the gratitude I have for this officer doing what he did.

    “A man never stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.” Or in this case, dog.

  11. Wendy Yingling says:

    Congratulations Michael Kain, Glad to hear you are doing a wonderful job.
    Best Wishes,
    Wendy Yingling/Wendy Lawrence

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