Don Chatten was out walking his two dogs at the Ellicott Island Bark Park in the Town of Tonawanda when a worried man approached him and asked if he had seen his small dog. Chatten hadn’t, but quickly offered to help him find it. The two men split up and began searching.
Shortly afterwards, Chatten’s own two dogs located the small pup. The small gray terrier had fallen into the icy waters of Tonawanda Creek near the entrance to Ellicott Island Bark Park in the Town of Tonawanda.
According to WKBW News, Don called 911 but fearing they may be too late and noting that the dog wouldn’t survive much longer in the water, he decided to rescue the dog himself.
Chatten said he tried to crawl across the ice but it gave way and plunged him waist-deep into the water. “I knew it wasn’t real deep in this part because I use to come here when I was a kid,” Chatten said.
Chatten used his forearm to break up some of the ice in order to get to the dog and was able to rescue the little dog named Jackson and return him to his owner. “I advised him to take the dog to a vet to be checked out.” Chatten said.
“Once my adrenaline was going, it wasn’t too bad,” Chatten said of the extremely cold water. However, Chatten revealed that he started having some slight trouble breathing, on his way back to shore.
Samantha Kelly from Kenmore, who was at the park with her dog, spotted Chatten in the water and managed to capture the rescue with her camera.
As to being hailed a “hero” for rescuing the helpless dog and putting his own safety at risk, Chatten simply says he is an animal lover who just wanted to do the right thing.
You can find out more about the heroic actions of this kind man in the clip below.
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