Dog Plummets 14 Stories From High-Rise ... Into Man's Arms

Ted Nelson saved bichon frise's life after it got caught on apartment ledge
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2015 3:58 PM CDT

(Newser) – Call it luck, coincidence, or a lifesaving sixth sense. An Oregon man happened to glance out his apartment window Saturday morning, saw a dog precariously perched on a ledge 14 stories high in a building across the way, and took action. "There was a dog that had ended up climbing through the railing on its balcony and it was perched on this little ledge," Ted Nelson tells KGW. "You could tell it was distressed. I said I might have to try and catch this dog."

That dog was a 5-year-old bichon frise named Mordy, and fall it did—but not before Nelson had run across the street, right underneath Mordy's balcony. "I just looked up at it and it was looking at me and it landed right in my chest," he tells the station. "Caught it for a minute, [it] kind of fell, it did hit the ground. It let out a yelp but it was a huge relief to hear it." A vet says Mordy just has a couple of bruises and will be fine, and his owner tells KGW that while the incident traumatized his family, they're glad Nelson was there to save the day. (Another dog was reunited with its owners—nine years after it disappeared.)

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