The owner of a New York limousine service was driving on the Brooklyn Bridge earlier this month when he watched a dog run under a car on the bridge.
Garrick Quinones, owner of Limousine of New York, was on his way to pick up a passenger when he saw the dog and immediately stopped his limousine to try to help, he told ABC News.
“I was so surprised that I pulled the car over,” he told the new organization. “I just could not believe that in the middle of the roadway that there would be this dog. I was thinking, ‘Wow this dog is like Toto from the ‘Wizard of Oz‘ — a red-haired version, an adorable little dog. I knew he needed help and I felt compelled to do it.”
Quinones got out of his limo and tried to get the dog out from under the car, but the dog wouldn’t move, so he went back to his limo and found a phone charger that he fashioned as a leash.
“After a few tries he let me put a cord on him, and I slowly led him out, Quinones wrote on the Limousine of New York website.
“At first, the dog was a little nervous and wouldn’t let me grab his paw,” Quinones told ABC News. “He was a well-kept and very nice and affectionate little guy. He was really friendly. He licked my hand at one point and was really grateful.”
Quinones then took the dog to the New York City Police Department’s 19th Precinct, which was able determine the dog was micro-chipped and began the process of tracking the owner down.
“I wanted to stay with him, but the police officer assured me that they will give him water and take care of him,” Quinones wrote on his company website. “As an animal lover, I am very happy to have helped and that the dog had a chip so that he could be reunited with his family quickly.”
Thank you, Mr. Quinones, for helping out a furry friend in need.