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By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

After ignoring Mesa County Sheriffs Officers, a man tries to run into a freezing lake to save his dog and tonight he is behind bars.
A frantic owner called 911 at 3:00p.m. Saturday saying his dog fell through the ice near the Riverside trail at 32 1/2 Road and D Roads.
When Clifton and the Mesa County Sheriff''s Office got there, they found the dog in the water, and its owners very upset.
As they waited for the Grand Junction Fire Department's Water Rescue Team, the pet's owner, 42-year-old Theodore Wilson, cussed at officials on scene for not trying to save his dog and then made a mad dash for the water in an attempt to do it himself.
The Sheriff's Officers tackled him sending all of them into the icy water.
As the man was led away in cuffs rescue crews arrived on scene.
Moments later the dog was rescued but not before it bit its rescuer on the hand.
Wilson is facing charges of failure to obey a lawful order and obstruction of police and fire operations.


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  • by Rich F Location: St. Louis MO on Dec 28, 2008 at 08:09 AM
    "OK....what really gets me is that no word of thanks was given to anyone after their dog was rescued" In the full video the Whiskey Tango queen DOES finally go back and thank the actual rescue workers. Not much, but it restores a GLIMMER of hope in humanity.
  • by Greg Location: Seattle on Dec 23, 2008 at 10:08 PM
    It's a dog. I hope the family gets sent a bill for the rescue.
  • by Bob on Dec 23, 2008 at 05:23 PM
    OK....what really gets me is that no word of thanks was given to anyone after their dog was rescued. White trash indeed! Bunch of trailer trash drama queens, let them rescue their own dog next time
  • by Joe Location: Iowa on Dec 23, 2008 at 04:27 PM
    I think this poor dog woke up one morning, took a long hard look at the family he lives with, and decided to end it all.
  • by Mike Location: Maryland on Dec 23, 2008 at 12:55 PM
    Good Lord...I thought we had some winners here in Maryland! This family takes the cake, though. The father was an idiot for going out after the dog himself after he was told to hang on, that help was on the way. To her credit, the mother did, at first, try to calm the idiot father down and reason with him, but when that didn't work, she started cussing like a sailor (no offense to sailors). And then the kid started to try to be the adult and calm the mom and dad down, but when that didn't work, he started cussing up a blue streak, too. What the hell is wrong with those parents that they let a young child like that get away with talking that way?
  • by mikey Location: San Diego on Dec 23, 2008 at 12:53 PM
    This dog is like one of their kids. If your kid was in trouble you would be worried too. I feel for them. The officers at the scene acted arrogantly. They all need further training in compassion. If that father knew that the rescue people were minutes away I'm sure that he would not have been so angry. The officers should have communicated that to the family. The officers acted very unprofessional. These people making these ugly comments in their warm comfy chairs are fools, lets see your family in that kind of stress. I'll bet it's not much different. That family is not proud of it, but it's real life.
  • by Trish Location: Clifton on Dec 23, 2008 at 10:32 AM
    I am worried about this whole situation. We all know how people in Clifton are treated by local police to begin with. But in the same instance can anyone see the problem on both sides. Horrible officers and a family outraged do not make a good situation. The only people that I saw trying to do anything was the father and the rescuers that were running to the scene to help. Poor judgement on the fathers side, but poor judgement also on the officers side. At this time of year compassion would have worked better in this situation from all involved. Better communication needs to be taught to officers patroling our neighborhoods in Clifton. There are those of us who do live in the area and have good paying jobs that have to deal with the horrible responses from the local law. Thank you to the rescuers though!!!! What a great man to go into the freezing waters to save this dog. It is to bad that the officers did not have this calm man there to begin with.
  • by Char Location: Grand Junction on Dec 23, 2008 at 10:00 AM
    Poor kids, Poor dog, Poor police for EVER having to be involved with parents like that. there may still be hope for the kids with the right counseling and medication...but the parents need to go back to what ever back hills they were from and live out their lives far away from decent human beings.
  • by Mike Location: Grand Junction on Dec 23, 2008 at 07:32 AM
    John you are an idiot!
  • by Kelly Location: West Virginia on Dec 23, 2008 at 05:42 AM
    FAIL. (Wow...no one can make fun of West Virginia anymore)
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