Salty dog! Police rescue pup from Gravesend Bay

Paw-tect and serve!: Police divers rescue German Shepherd Chase from Gravesend Bay on Aug. 19.
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Call it a soggy dog story.

Police divers went over and above the call of duty diving underwater to retrieve a lost dog on Friday, it’s owner said.

“It’s actually pretty amazing — all the things the NYPD did,” said Francisco Vazquez, whose German Shepherd Chase went missing Thursday. “They risked their lives to get a dog — that’s pretty amazing.”

A passerby saw the pooch struggling in the bay and called police, officials said.

Detective Markian Kopystianskyj and police officer Damien Drisco suited up and jumped in, hauling the 1.5-year-old dog aboard a harbor unit boat before taking him ashore at a dock in Sunset Park.

The rescue was even more serendipitous because Chase is named for a fictional canine cop, according to Vazquez.

“It’s funny, I named my dog chase because of the cartoon my kids watch about a police dog,” he said.

The day the dog was missing was a harrowing one for Vazquez and his family, who spent hours searching before nearly giving up hope, he said.

“When we couldn’t find him for a couple hours, I thought somebody took him, and I thought, ‘I hope they treat him well,’” Vazquez said. “Once you love a dog, you just wanna know he’s gonna be fine — I didn’t want him to suffer.”

Chase was resting up on Friday afternoon, Vasquez said.

“It’s really nice to know that he’s okay,” he said.

Reach deputy editor Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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