Dog Rescued From Lake Michigan, A Half-Mile Out From Montrose Beach


REMOVE THE TRAIN AND FIX THE TRACKS. AMTRAK SAYS SERVICE FROM CARBONDALE, CHICAGO AND NEW ORLEANS WAS RESTORED. THE TRAIN DERAILED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AFTER HITTING A TRUCK. THE TRUCK DRIVER WAS KILLED. NO ONE ON THE TRAIN WAS HURT. AMTRAK OFFICIALS BELIEVE THE CROSSING LIGHTS AND WARNING SIGNALS WERE WORKING. A MAN REUNITED WITH HIS DOG AFTER THIS INCREDIBLE RESCUE. YOU SEE IT RIGHT THERE. THE DOG PULLED INTO THE BOAT. THE DOG RAN OFF OVER THE WEEKEND AND TODAY WAS DISCOVERED A HALF MILE INTO THE LAKE. WE ARE LIVE AT MONTROSE BEACH WITH THE STORY THAT REALLY STARTS SATURDAY AFTERNOON. Reporter: THAT’S RIGHT. A THREE-YEAR-OLD DOG NAMED LAILA TOOK A TRIP HERE TO THE MONTROSE DOG BEACH. SHE RAN OFF AND AFTER HOURS OF SEARCHING THE AREA THE OWNER SAYS HE WAS SO UPSET HE CRIED. BUT TODAY THERE IS A HAPPY ENDING. LAILA IS NOT KNOWN AS A C DOG, IN FACT, HER OWNER SAYS HE HAD NEVER SEEN HER SWIM. NONETHELESS, ABOUT A HALF MILE INTO A TURBULENT LAKE MICHIGAN, THAT IS HER BEING RESCUED BY CHICAGO POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS. A FEW BEACHGOERS SPOTTED HER SWIMMING NEAR THE MONTROSE HARBOR AND CHICAGO POLICE CALLED IN MARINE UNITS. THERE IS A LITTLE WAVE OUT THERE TODAY, SO ALL HE COULD SEE WAS THE HEAD BOBBING EVERY SO OFTEN. I WAS ABLE TO KEEP AN EYE UNTIL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT CAME. Reporter: AFTER THE RESCUE, OFFICERS WERE LEFT WITH A VERY WET DOG AND AN UNANSWERED QUESTION, WHO IS SHE? THEY TOOK THE DOG TO THE WEST WRIGLEY ANIMAL HOSPITAL AND THROUGH HER MICROCHIP THE STAFF LEARNED OF THE OWNER WAS CHARLES. MY FIRST QUESTION WAS, IS SHE ALIVE? ONCE I FOUND OUT, I WAS LIKE, I AM COMING OVER RIGHT AWAY. Reporter: VERY MUCH ALIVE. AND ENERGIZED ENOUGH FOR A REUNION DANCE WITH CHARLES. HE SPENT MOST OF HIS WEEKEND SCOURING MONTROSE BEACH TRYING TO FIND LAILA. OUT OF DESPERATION, I WAS THIS CLOSE TO SPENDING THE NIGHT IN THE PARK SLEEPING OUT THERE ON THE LAWN TRIED TO BRING HER BACK. Reporter: SHE MAY HAVE BEEN A BIG SCARED AND CONFUSED BECAUSE CHICAGO IS NEW TO LAILA. CHARLES ADOPTED HER LAST WINTER FROM A SHELTER ENDEAVOR AND THEY MOVED HERE IN JUNE. APPARENTLY SHE IS A REAL MICHAEL PHELPS. Reporter: FINALLY HEADING HOME, BUT FIRST CHARLES HAD TO LET OFFICER JENNIFER KNOW HE APPRECIATES HER. SHE WILL NOT LEAVE MY SIGHT FOR THE NEXT 48 HOURS. SHE WILL STAY VERY CLOSE BY. Reporter: POLICE BELIEVE SHE

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