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A miniature poodle that fell into a freezing North Carolina river on January 9th was saved by a kind stranger who didn’t hesitate to help. Inside Edition reports that the tiny dog had somehow slipped into the French Broad River in Asheville and was struggling to stay afloat in the “turbulent currents.”

Two women saw the dog in danger and immediately called Asheville Animal Services. Fearing the pooch wouldn’t survive if they waited for authorities, one of the women dove in to rescue the dog herself. In doing so, she saved the miniature poodle’s life.

“It had stormed the previous day, so the river level was high with powerful currents. The water was freezing,” explained Asheville Animal Control Officer Becky Doty, who had responded to the scene. “He was very lucky.” Doty and animal shelter volunteers said the pup was doing well, all thanks to the anonymous woman they’re calling a hero.

After a full medical evaluation, the animal shelter staff gave the lucky dog a clean bill of health, named him Riu, and placed him with a foster home. But the story doesn’t end there. According to Facebook posts from the Asheville Humane Society, Riu’s real name is Benzo. That was discovered when the little guy was finally reunited with his family.

On January 9th, a scruffy dog was struggling to stay afloat in the French Broad River. Two women had spotted the small...

Posted by Asheville Humane Society on Saturday, January 21, 2023