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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 07/20/2010

Dog rescued from Potomac dies

By Washington Post editors

A dog rescued from the Potomac River by a U.S. Park Police detective Sunday afternoon has died, NBC 4 reports.

The dog, Scout, was spotted in East Potomac Park about 2:30 p.m. as temperatures hovered near 100 degrees. Officers tried to pick up Scout, but the dog was unwilling to be taken into custody. The dog then jumped into the channel.

The officer, realizing Scout was having difficulties swimming, jumped in after the dog.

The dog was taken to a veterinary hospital, where he died Monday afternoon. Scout's owner was given a citation for allowing the dog to be unleashed in the park.

By Washington Post editors  | July 20, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  
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Didn't the other article state that the owner took the dog home against the vet's recommendation?

The heartwarming article from yesterday just became sickening. This is right up there with the woman who left her dog in the car.

Posted by: Redial1 | July 20, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I saw the dog's owner on TV and he had a totally cavalier attitude and even blamed the park police for causing the dog to jump into the water.

Posted by: buffysummers | July 20, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Shoot him.

Posted by: jckdoors | July 20, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

why is this news?

Posted by: analyst2 | July 20, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

a: a report of recent events
b: previously unknown information
c: something having influence or effect
a: material reported in a newspaper or news periodical or on a newscast
b: matter that is newsworthy
@analyst2: because it fits the definition of all of the above - though it seems you think it does not fit 2.b:, while I think it is.

The owner took the dog home and it died. There should be more charges coming - if the dog would have lived had it stayed at the vet, he should be charged with cruelty as well.

Posted by: Greent | July 20, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I saw this story on the news Sunday night. The owner left the dog unattended while he played tennis for at least 30 minutes. And now the dog is dead. I would like to see animal cruelty charges brought against the owner to teach him and everyone a lesson about why animals, just like people, need shade and water when it's boiling outside. Idiots.

Posted by: amyuw05 | July 20, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Charge this moron with animal cruelty. The owner of the dog is a complete moron. He's not a dog lover, Sunday night he was on the news blaming the police for attempting to do what he should have done, provide shade and water.
What a bombastic jerk.

Posted by: missingwisc | July 20, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

analyst2 - Why is this news? Well if people seek this out and read it, I think it qualifies. Clearly you are interested in the story, you sought it out, read it, gave it careful consideration and responded.

Posted by: bob_in_SS | July 20, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Charge the owner;and I feel he should be locked up.Big up's to the Park officer that jump in after the dog.

Posted by: DCTONY | July 20, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Bad summer for poor dogs, I'm going home to hang out with mine right now.

Posted by: mike8 | July 20, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Lawrence Hodgson, you are a low-life scumbag. I hope you break your face playing that cherished tennis match that caused this animal so much suffering.

Posted by: FiatBooks | July 20, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

With all the crime in the District how does one have time to spot and rescue a dog.

Re-assign this officer to Tridad just maybe she will do some real work by shooting and killing an unarmed blackman in the back.

WHITE FOLKS AND THEIR DOGS.....If they only put as much into their kids just maybe whitemen wouldnt be molesting them right up under their very own noses.

Posted by: B4DarkDC | July 20, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

@B4DarkDC: Reel it in, sister. You're off your meds.

Posted by: monongahela79 | July 20, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Hate to say this, but sounds like the dog is much better off now than being in that owner's care...

Posted by: slydell | July 20, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Bark4DC, you're a sick person. I hope you saw the PG county officer who was definitely a dark shade of BLACK who was peddling child porn and selling it for profit.

You belong in the sewer for your fixation on white people and pedophilia. Places where dogs are abused = places where children are abused and molested. Guess where that happens? Visit the new york avenue animal shelter and you'll see. Scumbag.

Posted by: FiatBooks | July 20, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

This man should be charged with animal cruelty. He is directly responsible for Scout's death. What a s-o-b. I hope cosmic karma gives him what he deserves!!

Posted by: Susannah3 | July 20, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Analyst2-Wow! what a sick human being

Posted by: hcjiiii | July 21, 2010 5:25 AM | Report abuse

Analyst2- Wow! what a sick human being!

Posted by: hcjiiii | July 21, 2010 5:27 AM | Report abuse

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