Dog comes to the aid of unconscious Northvale owner
A dog rescued its owner, who was unconscious and possibly had been incapacitated for several days, by breaking through a glass pane to get help from two passers-by, Borough Police Chief William Essmann said.
“The Northvale Police Department would like to thank our hero resident K9 for saving their owner’s life and the two women who ‘Saw Something and Said Something,’” the chief said in a press release late Saturday.
The women were out for a walk at 7:55 p.m. on Friday night when they went past the home where the incident took place, Essmann said. The women heard glass break, followed by a dog barking loudly, and called police to report it, the chief said.
Responding Officers Reginald Parsells and Robert Devore saw a broken pane of glass next to the front door and the dog inside the home, Essmann said, but they weren’t able to make verbal contact with anyone inside. They entered the house and found the resident who had “suffered an unknown medical event,” the chief said.
Police “believe that the dog inside the home heard the two women talking as they walked past the home and broke the glass with its paws in an attempt to get their attention, which led to their owner being rescued,” Essmann said in his press release.
In an interview on Sunday, Essmann said that the woman was unconscious but breathing when police discovered her. It appears that she “may have been there for an extended period of time,” Essmann said in his statement, and on Sunday he added that she may have been in the home needing help for “at least a few days.”
Medical personnel were dispatched to the house and the woman was transported to an undisclosed local hospital, where she remains in intensive care, Essmann said.
The dog sustained a “a very minor injury” on one of its front paws as a result of it breaking the window pane, police said. The dog is now being cared for by a neighbor, the chief said.