A dog that was adopted after swimming 3,300 feet across the Ohio River in 2020. It had a year of training and trust-building before it was finally taken into its new home!.
The rescue dog, Allie, ran away from her owner on Dec. 5, 2020, and swam across the Ohio River from Evansville, Indiana, to Henderson County, Kentucky, according to SWNS.
A week later, she was brought to volunteer trainer Michelle Phillips, 51, from Boonville, Indiana, who recently adopted the pooch.
The news agency was reported that Allie ran away from her owner when she was just a puppy and made it to the Ohio River. She swam for an hour and a half, and made it to the other side.
While she was in the river, officers with the Evansville Police, Fire and Animal Control departments tried to rescue her, but she wouldn’t let them get near, so they had to steer the barge away from her.
While she was in the river, officers with the Evansville Police, Fire and Animal Control departments tried to rescue her, but she wouldn’t let them get near, and almost got hit by a barge, so they had to steer the barge away from her, according to SWNS.
Michelle, who was part of the rescue efforts, told SWNS: “I raced down there and found several people watching her in the water and said she had gone under several times.”
Thankfully, Allie made it across to Kentucky and is safe now. However she ran away from anyone who came close to her for a week before rescue teams were able to coax her back out into the open.
Allie eventually made it to a fenced-in area, where rescuers were able to get her into a leashed-up kennel. It took about six hours before she was finally rescued.
That night, she was placed in Phillips’ care.
“We just brought her home and she went and laid down on our couch,” Phillips told SWNS. “I don’t think she moved much that first night, we just let her be. She was extremely fearful of people, dog leashes, and just scared.”
Though Allie was only supposed to stay with Phillips for a few months, the pup bonded with her immediately and formally adopted her early this month.