Lifestyle Pets Firefighters Save Dog Named Scooby Who Was Stranded in the Los Angeles River for Over 2 Hours The dog's owner and a bystander who tried to help save the pup were also rescued during the incident By Stephanie Wenger Stephanie Wenger Instagram Twitter Stephanie Wenger is a TV Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She joined the brand in 2021 as digital news writer, spanning across the site's verticals. She previously contributed to E! Online, HollywoodLife, Discover Los Angeles, Oscar.com and Hollywood.com. She appeared on air at AfterBuzz TV. She began her journalism career as an intern at Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's in communications and received a Master's in journalism from the University of Southern California. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 29, 2022 05:37 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Firefighters came to the rescue of a dog stuck in the Los Angeles River in Studio City, California, on Monday afternoon. Crews from the Los Angeles Fire Department were able to save the German shepherd mix named Scooby after multiple attempts to get him out of the water, according to KTTV. They also rescued the dog's owner, a 35-year-old woman, and a 28-year-old man who tried to help save Scooby during the incident, the outlet reported. Vermont Dog Owner Says She Saved Chihuahua from Bobcat Attack: 'Don't Mess with My Little Baby' Rescuers first tried to use a rope system to bring Scooby to safety, but the dog's owner released the rescue ring to hold onto the pup. The firefighters then used a helicopter to save the owner, but they were unable to secure the dog, according to KTTV. A bystander then jumped into the river and was able to get a hold of Scooby for about 15 minutes until the dog broke free and continued to move with the current of the river before both were rescued, the outlet reported. "The poor canine was very tired, very scared, and the more people were around, the more scared he got, and he did bite that well-intentioned 28-year-old male that was trying to help him," LAFD Captain II Erik Scott said during a press conference after the rescue. Florida Police Save Trapped Dog from Muddy Canal, Now 'Home Safe with His Owner' Scott warned the public about becoming involved in rescue missions. LAFD "We know that individual was well-intentioned as well as other people are obviously very concerned about that canine, you better believe we are too," he said. "But when civilians jump in who don't have the proper personal protective equipment and training to effect a rescue, they often become patients themselves." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. "A lot of people love their animals, and we do too, but if you do something that's going to cause yourself danger, the fire department is going to go to the people first, and animal second. It's just human safety first," Officer Armando Navarrete added. After the rescue, Scooby was stressed and hypothermic, according to KNBC. Teen Tries to Rescue Cat in Tree But Gets Stuck, Prompting Rescue: 'Cat Seemed to Enjoy the Commotion' Rescuers transported Scooby to the East Valley Animal Shelter, where vets evaluated the exhausted pooch. LA Animal Services officials told KTTV that the dog only suffered light abrasions on his paws from the ordeal. Scooby reunited with his family on Monday night, according to the outlet.