A dog jumped into the water this Tuesday morning to save sheep that fell in the Vesdre, in Pepinster. Jean Dethioux was there, he says.
An incredible story, which could have gone incognito, played out this Tuesday morning in Pepinster and Trooz, the Vesdre being the border between these two municipalities. A dog jumped into the water to save two sheep from certain death.
“Around 10 am this Tuesday, I passed by chance by there. My daughter has a house in the valley, I had to go and open it. And to avoid the red light in Nessonvaux, I go up towards Trasenster”, begins Jean Dethioux, citizen of Drolenval (Pepinster).
Crossing the Goffontaine bridge, not far from the wastewater treatment plant, this amateur photographer (he always has his camera on him, to capture the animals of our region) observes life below. “At first I thought it was a pig, but I realized that two sheep were in the middle of the Vesdre. And a dog was close to them, in the water. I stopped, time to park and I realized that this dog (he must be used to it) had already redirected one of the two sheep out of the water by pulling it with its teeth. But the sheep was in front of a inclined plane (Editor’s note, Trooz side). Meanwhile, the other sheep went to hide in some kind of embankment (Editor’s note, Pepinster side). The dog crossed the Vesdre again to join him. He bit him in the wool to pull him out of the water. “
Jean approaches this incredible scene. “The dog looked at me, he heard me speak and left. But I don’t know where. So I contacted the fire department. There was a third sheep down the road, and more about 150 yards away. . Apparently they found a corpse and some sheep were injured, hypothermic. They put survival blankets on them. They could belong to a Theutois … But it is not sure. Around noon, when I left, the firefighters were always on site.They were waiting for a vet. “
“Six sheep in difficulty …”
In total, nine firefighters intervened on the spot, from 10:28 am to 2:45 pm. If they do not confirm the loss of an animal, they indicate “that it is very complicated to find the owner. Six sheep were in difficulty and they were transported to the veterinary faculty of Liège”.