Dog rescued from Ohio River will go up for adoption if owner doesn’t come forward

State News

A dog rescued after falling into the Ohio River last Friday is now recovering at a Cincinnati-area shelter.

Emergency crews from both sides of the river pulled out all the stops to get the girl to shore, WLWT reported.

Now, Shirly B is soaking in the attention.

“Her story kind of went viral on the internet,” said Ella Mobley, with the Kenton County Animal Shelter.

On Friday, the Covington Police and Fire departments responded a call about a dog stranded on a pier in the Ohio River.

“They tried to rescue her from the bridge and a car went past and beeped its horn and she jumped in and somehow she survived that with no broken bones or anything,” said Mobley.

The Cincinnati Police Department released video showing the ladder from a firetruck wasn’t long enough to reach the dog.

BB Riverboats brought out a tugboat so that animal rescue team members could do their work.

“She was actually really good during the rescue. Although scared, she didn’t try to bite anyone even in that circumstance,” said Beckey Reiter, the director of the Kenton County Animal Shelter.

The tug boat, Shirly B, is the dog’s namesake.

Shirly B the dog has seen a vet and is waiting at the animal shelter for her owner to come forward.

There, she’s getting and giving lots of love.

“I’m sure it was cold and scary, but she’s done fabulous here,” said Reiter.

If the dog’s owner doesn’t come forward, Shirly B will be put up for adoption.

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