Police and firefighters in Post Falls took a break from chasing criminals and fighting fires to rescue a golden retriever that was injured and unable to move from an old irrigation ditch near Falls Park.
"People don't realize that a police officer is a jack of all trades; we respond to a variety of different calls for service," Post Falls Police Chief Scott Haug said.
Monday night's call for service found officers responding to Falls Park, where a golden retriever mix was trapped in an irrigation ditch. Post Falls Police and Kootenai County firefighters responded to the scene where the dog had been injured and left in the ditch.
First responders were able to stabilize the dog and carried him out of the ditch.
"The dog was obviously dehydrated, if i were to guess, at least a day, it's really hard to tell how long," Haug said.
"Not only was the dog put into a basket and it was carried out of the channel it was put on a stretcher and transported to the pet hospital and that's the first time I have seen that happen," Haug added.