Owner and rescuer respond following animal cruelty incident

A man saved the life of a dog that was stuck on it's leash over the weekend in Lynchburg.

A video is circulating on social media of the dog in distress and it has people upset.

Travis Thacker and his wife Anna said they found one-year-old Siren choking after she got tangled on her leash Saturday.

Travis Thacker had helped the dog get off the leash and resuscitated it after seeing it's lifeless body out of their home's front window.

"Once it hit the ground I really thought it was over, but then it took one gasp of breath and that's when I knew I had a chance of saving it so I tried doing the CPR, compressions on the chest..." Thacker said. "I got the dog breathing again."

After a few minutes, the dog came to.

The Thacker family called police. "I was trying to stay with the animal until they got there," Thacker said.

He said the first time police came they didn't take the dog.

Emily Hubbard owns Siren.

She said the dog was only outside for about 15 minutes while she was in the backyard.

"I was unaware," Hubbard said. "The dog got loose and had bit a hole in the fence and I hooked her up there to go into the back and see where she had gotten out."

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