News reporter, cops and young boy rescue dog from busy traffic-filled street

When NBC news reporter, Pat Battle had been covering a news story in Hackensack, New Jersey on Friday and saw a small dog dart in and out of traffic, it was Pat’s first instinct to help. Just as quick as a flash of lightning, the black pup ran across the lawn in front of the Bergen County Courthouse and into traffic – just as everyone was leaving for the weekend. When Pat spotted a child about 50 yards away, she assumed it was the little boy’s dog; he had already been trying to catch her.

“The boy was calling her, I was calling her – she listened but she didn’t obey,” stated Pat.

And so it was time to engage more help, and just moments later a Hackensack police officer stopped his car to join in the effort to save the pooch who was oblivious to the increase in traffic and the dangers of getting hit by a vehicle. For the next 30 minutes, ten strangers worked hard to rescue the pint-sized pup. Count them – there were three police officers, three children and four adults who finally managed to corral the little ten-pound dog to safety.

It wasn’t over yet. Frightened from her scary jaunt, the Chihuahua hid underneath a dumpster. Sgt. Anthony DiParisi called for backup and the responding officers Sean Briggs and Jessica DeJesus lured the dog out with turkey and chicken. Snagged! Ironically the dog seemed grateful for the rescue and snuggled into the arms of Officer Briggs – the adorable little canine “jay-runner”  kissing, licking and wagging her tail. 

The dog wore no collar, and therefore was transported to the Bergen County Animal Shelter where she will spend the next week and hopefully be reunited with her family. Maybe she just escaped from her home? If no one claims her however, that little boy who Pat met when she spotted the pup doing his marathon run – Ethan – said he and his mom would love to adopt the dog and name her “Go-Go” because she never stopped running until she felt the love.

Nice job Pat; no fake media here!

(Photos of news reporter and others save little dog screenshot via Pat Battle)

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Cheryl Hanna

Cheryl Hanna

Cheryl Hanna has been a freelance writer for the last eight years. During that time, I developed into the top writer for on the subject of animal rescue and advocacy. I am passionate about animal welfare and have been instrumental in the rescue of thousands of dogs, horses, cats and assorted other sentient creatures needing their voices heard. On July 1, 2016, closed. By July 4, the Pet Rescue Report was created; we average between 30,000 and 40,000 hits on any single day. We are avid users of social media and use our Facebook, Twitter and other social media links to advance our readership. I was also involved in customer service, and was an active participant on Service - a blog started by my son who has now graduated from Duke. I have an advanced degree in Journalism. After college, I taught American Literature in a New Jersey high school. I then went on to teach Journalism at one of our local colleges. For the past 15 years I have lived in South Florida; here I also volunteer time teaching those men and women recovering from drug and alcohol how to journal to express their thoughts - thus hopefully making a difference in their lives. Pet Rescue Report on Facebook (over 40,000 followers) -