Local Police Rescue Dog From Barnegat Bay

Officer Shawn Heckler holds Gazelle after he and Officer Eddie Pasieka (right) rescued the Chihuahua from the Barnegat Bay on Thanksgiving. Also pictured is Officer James Giancone. (Photo courtesy Seaside Heights Police)

  SEASIDE HEIGHTS – A group of Seaside Heights police officers spent their Thanksgiving saving a scared dog who was found in the Barnegat Bay.

  On November 24, the Department shared about the rescue on their Facebook page:

  “Meet Gazelle, she decided to wander off from her home in Seaside Park this morning only to end up in the water under the Seaside bridge for who knows how long. Thankfully Officer Pasieka and Officer Heckler decided to take out the patrol boat in this beautiful Thanksgiving weather,” the post said.

  Gazelle managed to stray about a mile away from her home in Seaside Park, Officers spotted her near rocks in the water clinging to life, and were able to scooped her out of the freezing water. Shortly after, Gazelle was reunited with her family.

  “We have so many things to be thankful for in our lives. Today little Gazelle is probably the most thankful for our amazing Seaside Heights Officers Pasieka and Heckler for being in the right place at the right time,” the post said.