SERIOUSLY: Boca Raton family calls 911 for dog in pool

DISPATCHER: It’s for a dog. Not a person who came in after a dog.



BOCA RATON, FL ( (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) – Palm Beach County firefighters Sunday morning were called to a home in the 9700 block of Richmond Circle for a drowning. As the information was relayed to dispatchers – and eventually paramedics and rescue units rushing to the scene to presumably save a human – a paramedic could be heard asking in disbelief: “is this for a dog ?

After a moment’s pause, as a dispatcher double-checked with a Palm Beach County emergency operator, the response was, “Yeah, that’s for a K9.” This led another rescuer to ask, “Are you sure it’s for a dog and not a person who came in after the dog?”

Again, the emergency dispatcher stopped, presumably double-checked with the operator, and replied again, “yes, that’s for a dog.” Not a person who came in to save a dog.

Without suggesting that dogs aren’t important and shouldn’t be rescued, was unclear Sunday morning about Palm Beach County’s official policy of sending hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of lifesaving equipment. — not to mention a lot of manpower — to rescue a dog from a swimming pool. We know that upon learning that the victim was a dog and not a human, several units rushing to the scene broke off and made themselves available for further calls.

We asked Palm Beach County Fire Rescue for the agency’s official policy. We will update once we have a response. We will also update if we learn of the dog’s condition. We are not aware of any other calls involving humans that have been delayed because of the animal.


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