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Woman dives into Hudson to save her dog

Molly Pfeiffer was walking with her unleashed Wheaten terrier near New York’s Pier 54 Tuesday when the dog, named Boogie, ran after a gull and jumped into the Hudson River.

Molly, 29, followed, snagging her dog, hoisting her up on a plank beneath the pier and calling for help as she hung on to a pylon.

“I saw her go down into the water and I went after her,” Pfeiffer told the New York Daily News. “The current was pretty strong. She was going to drown … I grabbed Boogie and pulled her up on to one of the wooden supports on the pier. It was covered with algae and really slippery.”

A passerby heard Pfeiffer’s cries and dialed 911, and officers on a police department boat plucked Pfeiffer and Boogie from the water.

Pfeiffer thanked the stranger who called for help: “He saved my life and Boogie’s.” She said she’d do the same thing again: “I love [Boogie] very much or I wouldn’t have done it otherwise.”

Most Daily News readers feel the same way. In an online poll, the newspaper asked readers if they would jump into a river to save their pet.

Eighty percent answered “in a heartbeat.”

(Photos: From the New York Daily News)


Comment from smoketoomuch
Time March 24, 2011 at 8:52 am

And the other 20 percent shouldn’t have a pet.
Hey, they’re living, breathing, FEELING, souls people. If you wouldn’t save your pets life in an emergency, please don’t get another one.

Comment from Anouk
Time March 25, 2011 at 1:08 am

I hope she’s learnt her lesson and keeps her wheaten on a leash from now on!

Comment from Luke
Time June 24, 2013 at 7:49 am

Molly is an old college friend of mine. Found this trying to track her down (I don’t do FB). I knew she was in NYC; not at all surprised by this story. Good job, Molly!