Man ‘didn’t think twice’ About Saving Stranger’s Dog From Icy Waters

Feb. 17, 2019

Don Chatten rescued a stranger's dog from the icy waters of the Tonawanda Creek on Thursday. He credits his two rescue dogs, Duke, left, and Milo for helping him find the dog who went missing in Ellicott Island Bark Park. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)
Don Chatten rescued a stranger’s dog from the icy waters of the Tonawanda Creek on Thursday. He credits his two rescue dogs, Duke, left, and Milo for helping him find the dog who went missing in Ellicott Island Bark Park.

Don Chatten says he knew what he had to do.

A stranger’s small gray terrier fell into the icy waters of Tonawanda Creek near the entrance to Ellicott Island Bark Park in the Town of Tonawanda.

Chatten, who believed the dog wouldn’t survive long, walked into the frigid creek to rescue the pet.

“He just saw a situation happen, and he didn’t think twice,” said witness Mary Balicki.

The rescue happened around 3 p.m. Thursday.
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