Then, just like that, she left the scene. The dog was still struggling in the water.
"It's breaking my heart. I gotta do something. I gotta get this dog out of the water," said Bunch to WPTV news.
So, he gathered a small group of bystanders and set out to rescue the pooch in a small boat. The water was so choppy that the boat was damaged. Once they got out in the water, they realized that the dog was fighting more than just the strong currents. She was also tied up with wire, which wrapped around her neck to her back leg.
The rescuers cut the wire off, and immediately dialed 911.
The dog was named Jellybean. And, as the photo above shows, she's become fast friends with some of the 911 operators. They provided some much needed love and helped her to get some rest before being picked up by Friends of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control.
Jellybean was also treated by a veterinarian and scanned for a microchip. That led them to a man named Richard Ostrovski, who then told police that his mother - Eva Klein - was responsible for the dog.
Thankfully, Klein was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty!
Klein left jail after posting a $3,000 bail. She informed reporters that she hadn't wrapped Jellybean in wire on purpose. Klein was reported as saying, "Why would I kill her?"
In an interview with WPTV, Captain Dave Walesky said, "seems pretty happy, pretty active."
As of now, Jellybean is being taken care of by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control. And once the agency has legal ownership of her, she'll be placed up for adoption - If Klein doesn't agree to give over custody, they'll get a court order!
According to the Boca Raton police, Jellybean would surely have drowned if her fast-acting rescuers hadn't intervened. They stated that the way in which Jellybean had been wrapped in the wire, just trying to stay afloat was causing her strangulation.
"It should be noted that Klein's method of tightly wrapping a wire around the dog's neck, tying it to one back leg, and then pushing it into the [Intracoastal] is a premeditated action that will surely cause death of the animal if it had not been rescued," wrote an officer on the police report, which was published in the Sun-Sentinel.
From here on out, Jellybean's future is looking a lot brighter. It looks like the heroes who rescued her also want to make sure of that!
Captain Walesky told the Palm Beach Post:
"Several of the people who helped rescue [Jellybean] said they were interested in adopting."
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