A man helped in saving a dog thanks for his quick thinking,
Saving a dog …as the dog leash had gotten caught between the doors of the elevator during its closure.
johnny Mathis recalled the incident on Twitter, where he shared security footage taken inside his Houston, Texas, apartment building of the rescue.
“Y’all I’m shaking!” Mathis wrote.
“I just helped in saving a dog on a leash that didn’t make it onto the elevator with the owner before the door closed! I
just happened to turn around as the door closed and it started to lift off the ground I got the leash off in time.”
In another tweet, Mathis continued: “She started screaming as soon as the door shut and was bawling her eyes out
when it came back down.”
In the video, which has been viewed more than 16m times, the owner can be seen entering the elevator while the
Pomeranian is still a few feet away. After the elevator doors close, Mathis rushes over and struggles to release the
dog’s collar from the leash.
In subsequent tweets, Mathis said that he did what he “had to do to help the pup” and that he was “thankful” he was
there “at the right time to help”.
According to the 27-year-old, his first instinct was to “break” the leash, but he found he was unable to.
“I tried to break it at first,” he told NBC News. “I tried to lean down on it with all my weight but it wouldn’t snap.”
When that tactic didn’t work, Mathis attempted to pull the dog’s collar off – before realizing that the collar was
secured with a buckle. Eventually, he was successful in freeing the dog.
“I was fighting all that fur, it took me a few tries because that dog was so fluffy,” he recalled.
Since sharing the video of saving a dog, Mathis has been applauded for his heroic efforts.
And while Mathis says he is grateful he was there to rescue the dog, and for the “support and kind words,” he doesn’t
believe the owner is at fault – and instead wants the incident to serve as a teaching moment.