BAY VILLAGE, OH (WOIO) - A local teen risked his life to save an injured dog, but lost a dear possession in the process.
Dillon Slaman has his hands full nowadays. Since he met a traumatized pooch, they've been inseparable.
"She can't go for walk yet," said the 17-year-old. "We don't think she is injured, just very scared."
The dog is groomed now, but her fur was dirty and matted when they first met.
The story of their first encounter began last week, when Dillon's mom was on Facebook and noticed a post from a woman who said she witnessed the dog being chased by two kids. The dog ran off a 50-foot cliff to escape. It needed saving, so Dillon pedaled more than a mile down to Cahoon Park in Bay Village.
"I was persuaded by the Lord, and something told me to turn to the left, and the dog was over this cliff," he explained.
Dillon crossed Porter Creek and scaled a steep slope to rescue the dog, but at a price.
"My bike was over here, but I could barely hold her. She bit me so bad on the hand and neck. It was horrible. So I was forced to make the decision to walk all the way home," said Dillon.
Dillon and his family took the dog to the vet, but when he returned to the park the next day, his bike was gone.
"The reason the bike means so much is that it was passed down to me from my grandfather," he said. "It means a great deal to me."
So does his new friend. He's struggling to find out who the dog belongs to.
If you know anything about the dog or Dillon's bike, contact Bay Village Police at (440) 871-1234.