Video: Cop in kayak rescues dog trapped in pond

Officer John Kuligowski used his paddling prowess to help a pooch in distress

By Suzie Ziegler 

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. – A New Jersey police officer is being praised for his quick action after using his boating skills to rescue a dog earlier this month. When Officer John Kuligowski saw the dog stuck in a mucky pond, he used a nearby kayak to help it to shore.  

The Washington Township Police Department shared the video to Facebook earlier this month, which shows Kuligowski guiding the large dog to the bank. 

With the help of Chief Thomas Cicerelle and Officer Dallas Overko, they were able to bring the dog safely to land. 

The department said the boxer-mastiff mix, named Akela, was in high spirits. Akela was turned over to Animal Control officers to help reunite her with her owners, police said. 


Today our officers were called for a k9 in distress. Akela, a gray boxer/mastiff had gotten loose and found herself stuck neck deep in some mucky water in a local pond. Officer John Kuligowski found a nearby kayak and with the help of Chief Thomas Cicerelle and Officer Dallas Overko, they were able to rescue Akela and bring her safely to shore. Akela was in high spirits after her ordeal and even posed for a few quick pictures before being turned over to Animal Control Solutions. Akela’s owners have still not been located. She was rescued in the area of Brass Castle Rd and Jonestown Rd. If anyone knows who Akela belongs to please have them contact Animal Control Solutions @ 908-722-1271 or Washington Township Police.

Posted by Washington Township Police Department on Wednesday, July 8, 2020


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