A retired police officer saved a dog’s life by giving him mouth-to-snout resuscitation after he was washed into the sea.
Tom Carey, a retired New York police officer, sprang to action after hearing the Brussels griffon's owner, Martha Brox, screaming at Jupiter Beach, Fla., according to local media.
"He went under, I couldn’t find him,” Brox told WPBF. “I’m screaming, he popped up but he was floating — he didn’t look like he was still with me.”
Carey reportedly held the 8-year-old dog, named after Irish writer Oscar Wilde, in the surf and pumped his chest several times.
“I had him there, so I was able to work on him, I was on my knees, some waves came over my back," Carey told the station. "I didn’t want him to die, and I wasn’t going to give up."
The dog spit up a bit foam and moved a leg but wasn’t showing many signs of life otherwise, so they drove to a nearby veterinarian, who gave him oxygen for several minutes until he started to breathe again on his own.
But if Carey had not been there, Oscar would have been dead.
“It doesn’t matter what I would have done if Tom hadn’t done what he did, it would have been too late,” Dr. Laszlo Sinko told the ABC affiliate.