Abandoned Puppy Pulled From Freezing River, Adopted By Local Officer

The tiny puppy sat shivering under the bridge.  As night fell, the winds whipped into a frenzy, making this January night one of the coldest in recent months.  Abandoned, alone, the pit bull pup sat in the icy, wet darkness, resigning herself to her fate.

Seabreeze Bridge, near the wind-tossed Halifax River in Daytona Beach, Florida, might have been the final resting place for the little girl, who had no way of knowing that help was just around the corner.

Suddenly, from out of the darkness, she felt kind hands reaching out for her.  Warm hands, belonging to Animal Control officers from the Daytona Beach Police Department.

Courtesy, DBPD

The pair of concerned officers, James Lee and John Pearson, rushed the little girl, said to be ‘near death’, to a warm facility nearby, hoping she would recover from the bone-chilling cold.  The Halifax Humane Society was just eight miles away.

As her body temperature rose, the beautiful puppy, christened ‘River’ by the Halifax staff, began to recover her spunk.  The staff watched over her carefully, determined to nurse River back to health.

But the shelter crew weren’t the only ones concerned about River.  According to Halifax staff, one DBPD officer kept visiting the adorable little squirt while she recovered.  That officer, District One’s Kera Cantrell, quickly fell in love with the little canine and the feeling was mutual!

Soon after, the shelter sent out this update to their concerned followers:

‘Officer Cantrell is now River’s new Mom and these are two happy girls!’

Officer Cantrell and “River”, courtesy Daytona Beach Police Department

The freezing puppy, rescued from the wet, wintry darkness, had found a warm, loving, forever home.  Now that’s the kind of update everyone loves!

If you’re searching for a new best friend, please visit the adoptables at the Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach.  You can click on this link to get a peek at some of their current residents; there may be more who haven’t yet made it to the website so stop on in.  They are open seven days a week.  Click here for more information, or call them at 386-274-4703.

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Lisa Blanck

Writing articles about animals for more than 22 years, she dove into the rescue world with the onset of Hurricane Katrina. As an outspoken advocate for animals, she's covered everything from paws to hooves, fins to feathers. She was the Orlando Animal Rescue and Worldwide Animal Issues Examiner for seven years. She's always thinking pawsitive, looking for ways to improve the lives of animals. She lives with one dog, one cat and one patient human. She welcomes your suggestions and is thrilled to be part of the ShelterMe.tv family!


  1. carol says:

    Welcome Lisa! Such a great story.. <3

  2. Judy says:

    RIVER is a perfect doll…… in fact, both females are perfect dolls!

  3. Elaine Whinston says:


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