Port Authority cops rescue small dog from Journal Square PATH station escalator in Jersey City


Port Authority police officers rescued a small dog from a Journal Square PATH station escalator in Jersey City after the K-9 got his left rear paw caught in the bottom of the escalator, officials said.

Photo courtesy of the Port Authority of New York New Jersey.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Port Authority Police Officers Anthony Manfredini and Matthew Maiello heard the dog, Scott, yelping and his owner screaming for help yesterday at the PATH station around 1:11 p.m., according to Port Authority police spokeswoman Lenis Valens.

As a result, Manfredini halted the escalator while Maiello called in Emergency Service Unit Officers Mark Legic, Andrew Vignapiano and Eric Block who arrived quickly and unbolted the escalator’s claw plate while Manfredini held and comforted the injured Pomeranian.

“I spent my life training and caretaking for dogs in the Marine Corps as a K-9 handler and in my personal life. I didn’t have a second thought when it came to cries for help,” Manfredini, who has been a police officer for five years, said in a statement.

“We take any emergency seriously, and we come prepared to help whoever is in danger, whether that’s human or animal. Many of us are dog owners ourselves and know that your pets are like family to you and therefore members of our community, too,” added Vignapiano.

Furthermore, Port Authority Police Sgt. Angel Lopez hailed a cab and paid the fare for the dog owner and Scott so that he could be treated at a veterinary office for multiple lacerations and puncture wounds on his rear paw.

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