Rosie, a three-month-old German shepherd puppy is being blamed for driving a family car into a Massachusetts pond. Rosie's owner, John Costello, said he took her for a walk around Bolivar Pond in Canton on Sunday, then got into the car and started it in preparation for the ride home. That’s when the puppy jumped in with him.
"The dog jumped in and hit the gear shift and the car jerked and she fell on top of the gas pedal," Costello said. "It was just scary."
Then, he said, his puppy drove the car into the pond.
"The car went for a swim. We all did."
"When the car first went into the water, I jumped out to grab the dog and she jumped into the back seat," Costello said.
And that's when Eric Hermann, who was working nearby, rushed to help.
"It was about 30 feet out the car," Hermann said.
"Puppy was scared and ran to the back seat. The front door was open, [we were] trying to get him out the front door, coax him."
Hermann, Costello and another man all swam to save Rosie.
"I just leaped in and grabbed the dog and pulled her out and we both fell back into the water," said Costello.
The water level soon rose to be over Hermann's head.
"By the time we got the puppy out, the car had slid and we had to do a little swimming," he said.
But they all made it safely to shore in the end.
"I'm glad they were there cause if they weren't there, I don't know what I would have done," Costello said.
The 911 call even surprised Canton police.
"I've never heard of a puppy driving a car into a pond," said Officer Robert Quirk of the Canton police.
Both the Canton police and fire departments arrived at the pond to help out, and remove the car from the water.
Costello says the car, which is his his daughter's, is a total a loss, but he says he has insurance. As for Rosie, she's okay, and unaware of all the commotion she caused.