Water Rescue of a Rescue


That’s one lucky pup! A dog that was rescued from Jamaica Bay is now back with its owner.

It’s a good thing Scott and Carol DeNaro, owners of Harbor Optics, have sharp eyes! As they pulled in for work on Wednesday, January 20, the pair spotted a dog struggling in the bay behind the store. They quickly notified police and NYPD Harbor Unit Adam responded, quickly rescuing the panicked animal.

The dog was brought to the nearby Animal Hospital of the Rockaways, to be checked out as she awaited being reconnected with her owners.

Just in time, the owners posted to the Friends of Rockaway Beach Facebook group saying that their dog, which they just got as a rescue three days earlier, had gotten loose during a morning walk on Beach 110th Street. As The Rockaway Times alerted people about the dog being found in the bay and where she was, neighbors helped direct the owner to the vet. By early afternoon, the pup, named Georgia, was reunited with her owner.

“We are so grateful for the NYC Harbor Unit and Harbor Optics, heroes who saved Georgia today! It is nothing short of a miracle that she was spotted. We can’t thank you enough!!!! Thank you too to all the people on FB and on the boardwalk who when asked about her location offered their assistance and support. Rockaway is a wonderful community that we feel blessed to call home," Georgia's owners, Jason and Karen said. "I called the owners of Harbor Optics to thank them personally and learned that they arrived early today and spotted her in the water and initially thought that she was a seal! Had  they not taken interest they would have never alerted the Harbor Unit after realizing that it was,in fact a dog, not a seal. We are so grateful to them as well. They saved a life today. Thank you all again from the bottom of our hearts."

By Katie McFadden
Photos by Scott DeNaro and Karen Dublin.