A dog-lover who valiantly jumped into a river to save a drowning pup, was met with ungratefulness when the very same dog bit him on the face–ending up his heroic efforts by putting him in the hospital.
On his way back from the gym at 6:30am, Reece Taylor, 27, heard someone shouting for help.
Reece recounted, “I heard the guy say, ‘Please assist me; my dog is going to drown.'”
“When I was growing up my mum was like the local animal shelter – we had dogs, cats, rabbits, a pet pigeon, turkeys. Any animal we had it.
“I knew I couldn’t cycle past and not help.
“I just stopped my bike, stripped down to my undies and jumped straight in.”
Reeces’ niece, Layla, became unconscious from fright and had to be airlifted to a hospital in St. Louis for treatment. At least three people were treated at the scene with minor injuries such as bite wounds or scraped knees. A little dog named Bentley was aboard the boat when it capsized; he was rescued by Reeces and ended up injured after being bitten above his eye by frightened dog -> Reeces succeeded in getting Bentley on the side of the boat but was wounded above his eye by terrified dog, requiring stitches in his eyebrow.
Reece said: “If I had cycled past and saw the dog drown in the river I would never have been able to live with myself knowing I could have helped.”
Jade Lanigan, Jacob Williams, and their son Jamie were vacationing on a boat at Norwich Yacht Station located on the River Wensum.
After Jacob failed to save Bentley from drowning, Reece swooped in and did what he couldn’t. Jade said: “You could tell that Reece was ecstatic to see the look of relief on our faces when we got our heavy dog back safely.”
“We want to thank the brave young man with all our hearts.”