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  Dog rescue in Portland   8-year-old Havanese Sunny  

Story by SARAH HURWITZ - Story Source
Published on Wednesday March 24, 2021 - 11:42 PM
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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -- A dog rescue this weekend in Portland resulted in a man jumping in the Willamette River to save the pup.

On Sunday, Bruce Silverman and his wife took their newly adopted 8-year-old Havanese Sunny to Sellwood Riverfront Park.

"He walked up to somebody who was like walking on the paved path, and I'm not sure what happened but he just got spooked," Silverman said.

Silverman says he and his wife adopted Sunny about six weeks ago.

He says Sunny used to be a show dog and he and his wife weren't sure if he'd ever been off the leash, so they went to the off-leash park to work with him.

He says Sunny was fine for about twenty minutes, staying with the couple and coming over when they called him.

But Silverman says then something startled Sunny.

"The next thing we knew he was in a full sprint," Silverman said. I've literally never seen the dog run."

It became an all-hands-on-deck search effort to get Sunny as bystanders tried to help Silverman and his wife ...