CANTON, Mass. – It’s a good thing she is cute.
A puppy in Massachusetts is already proving she is going to be handful.
Throughout history they’ve been humankind’s most convenient, unwitting and trustworthy scapegoats for missing homework assignments and olfactory mishaps.
But this time a dog is on the hook for a little bit more than papers.
A Canton man is telling cops that if they think he was responsible for his own car sinking to the bottom of a local pond, then they are barking up the wrong tree.
When Canton police responded to a 911 call Sunday for a vehicle that had gone into a local pond, the car’s owner, John Costello, said it was the doing of “Rosie,” his 5-month-old German Shepherd puppy.
“Rosie drove her owner’s car into a pond.
It took just a split second for Rosie to to ruin a car and put herself in real danger.
At 5 months old, she can perform several tricks, driving was an unexpected one.
John Costello and her German Shepherd pup were out at a Canton Park Sunday where Rosie was living up to her reputation.
Costello said he was moving his daughter’s car a few feet when Rosie, on a retractable leash, jumped into the car.
“Rosie got her leash entangled in the [gear] shifter,” Rob Quirk of the Canton Police Department said, repeating the driver’s explanation. “While [the dog was] trying to break free [the owner] stated the puppy fell onto the driver’s side floor and hit the accelerator sending the vehicle into the pond.”
The man and his dog were both in the Dodge Neon as it floated about 30 yards offshore before it sank, according to Quirk, who said a witness rushed into the pond to help get Rosie safely out of the vehicle after the driver had to untangle things to free himself.
“While this story has a happy ending, we would encourage drivers to keep their pets safely secured in the rear of their vehicle where they cannot interfere with operation,” Canton police said.
Both man and dog emerged unharmed.