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Dog Pulls Toddler From Swimming Pool

May 18, 1985

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ A 2-year-old boy who fell into a swimming pool apparently was rescued by a neighbor’s dog that jumped in and pulled him to safety, and then went for help, authorities say.

The dog, a golden retriever named Charlie, apparently grabbed Jesse Domer by the shirt and dragged him to the side of the pool, depositing him on poolside steps, fire department spokesman Denis McNeill said.

No one actually saw the dog rescue the boy, but ″there was no one around (to save the boy) but Charlie,″ McNeill said.

And the dog’s owner, who took him in as a stray two years ago, credits him with previously saving her own son from traffic.

Charlie ran into the house Friday and attracted the attention of his owner, Pat Wright, who was visiting with the boy’s mother, Joline Domer, McNeill said.

The women ran outside and found Jesse near the pool, wet, blue-lipped and unresponsive.

Paramedics took the boy to Sharp Memorial Hospital, where he was examined by doctors and released a few hours later, said nursing supervisor Eileen Hale.

McNeill said it appears that the boy woke up from a nap while his mother was visiting Mrs. Wright next door, then made his way outside and into the pool area at an adjacent residence in the east San Diego neighborhood. The pool ranges from 4 feet to more than 10 feet in depth, he said.

McNeill said the dog was wet and the boy’s shirt had several holes that appear to have been caused by Charlie’s teeth. He said Jesse’s shirt also was stretched out of shape, as it might be from being pulled by the dog.

Mrs. Wright said she took Charlie in two years ago after spotting him wandering around a construction site.

She said Charlie saved her own 3-year-old son James about a year ago. She said the boy was playing outside and rolled a toy onto a busy street, and that Charlie blocked his way when he tried to go after the toy.

″Charlie wasn’t going to let James get hit by a car,″ Mrs. Wright said.

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