Puppy Drowns in West U Pool

A West U employee did everything he could to save a puppy that fell into it’s homeowners pool this week.

Code Enforcement and Animal Control Officer Daniel Paripovich responded to a 9-1-1 call on Tuesday morning regarding a puppy that had fallen into a pool in the 4100 block of Riley.

Within minutes, Paripovich arrived at the home and found the puppy lying on the side of the pool, sopping wet, he said.

He immediately began rescue breathing on the dog before rushing it to Southside Place Animal Hospital where the puppy was intubated and later pronounced dead, Paripovich said.

“If that dog could have been saved it would have been,” he said.

Paripovich said that Southside Place Animal Hospital did “a fantastic job” but “there was nothing you could do.”

The animal control officer said Tuesday’s incident was the first time he had to perform rescue breathing on an animal, but he was trained to do it.

Paripovich recommends that homeowners consider installing a barrier around their pools. He also suggests keeping an eye on pets and learning a little bit about animal first aid.

“This time it was a puppy, next time it could be a human being,” he said.

City officials said that Paripovich went “above and beyond” his duties as an animal control officer.

“This is just another example of the above and beyond approach that Daniel exhibits day in and day out at the city,” City Manager Michael Ross said. “I could not be prouder of Daniel’s continued performance in, what many would argue, is one of the most thankless and challenging jobs at the city.”

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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