UPS Driver Rescues Two Dogs Trapped in Swimming Pool

A UPS driver has been praised for rescuing two family dogs that had got trapped in a swimming pool, while making his deliveries in Iowa.

Local network KTIV reports Colin Mitchell was delivering to a property in Ireton, Sioux County, when he heard a disturbance coming from behind the house.

He went to investigate and found two dogs, later named as Groot and Remy, swimming around in an above-ground pool.

Mitchell knocked on the door to notify the owners, but unfortunately nobody was at home.

USP driver rescued two dogs in Iowa
Stock photo of a UPS (United Parcel Service) truck driver makes a delivery in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2018. A UPS driver rescued two dogs from a swimming pool in Iowa after they became stuck under a solar cover. Robert Alexander/GETTY

Not wanting to abandon the dogs he returned to the pool for another look, and realized they were trapped under its solar cover.

The delivery driver was able to rescue Groot and Remy from the pool before continuing on his journey.

Mitchell has been thanked by the family, who said their dogs would likely have spent at least another three hours stuck in the pool without his intervention. Both dogs remain energetic and in good health following their ordeal.

Ireton is a town of 590 people, according to the 2020 census, located along a tributary of the Big Sioux River. It was first settled by farmers in the 1870s.

UPS has been contacted for comment.

In August, a woman in Florida was charged with animal cruelty after allegedly drowning her pet Chihuahua in a swimming pool, then livestreaming its dead body.

CCTV footage that appeared to show 32-year-old Erica Black holding the dog under water as it struggled, then became unresponsive, was given to police by her roommate.

Black was already being held in jail on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, with a $150,000 bond.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey, from Brevard County, described the video as "the most horrific thing I've ever seen in my life".

He added: "If I hear she has as much as a pet rock, I will lose my crap, because this woman doesn't deserve to have anything. She deserves to rot in jail."

In June a woman from British Columbia posted a heartbreaking TikTok video, explaining how her 18-month-old Border Collie, named Winter, died after playing outside in a baby pool.

She added: "My sweet Win passed away over the weekend due to water intoxication from playing in a baby pool for about an hour with four inches of water."

In April 2021 footage of a large black dog rescuing a small puppy from drowning in a swimming pool went viral on Twitter, receiving more than 296,000 likes and 50,200 retweets.