“The 19-pound black dog, which appears to be a male cairn terrier, had gotten into the backyard of an abandoned house,” said Gilmer veterinarian Cherie Nazzal. “He fell in the pool and could not get out.”
The boys, upon hearing a commotion from the yard, ventured in through a treacherous and hazardous fence that was in disrepair, Dr. Nazzal said.
“When they spotted the little dog swimming for its life, Jeff Morlin immediately jumped in the murky depths, risking his own health, to get the pooch out,” she said.
They brought the medium-size dog to Dr. Nazzal’s house in the neighborhood. She examined him, dried him off, administered an antibiotic shot, and fed him.
It is extremely lucky the boys heard the commotion and were able to save his life,” Dr. Nazzal said.
He is currently at Dr. Nazzal’s clinic, Animal Medical and Surgical Hospital, on Hwy. 154 W. at the city limit.
“I admire these four young men,” Dr. Nazzal said. “They were helping a dog without regard to their own lives. If they would do this for an animal, just think what they would have done to help a person.
“It is a blessing and a privilege to have kids like this in our community. They are heroes of today and leaders of tomorrow.”
If anyone knows the dog’s owner, please contact Dr. Nazzal’s office during business hours at 903-843-5524.