Body cam video shows rescue of woman and her dog from Prairie Preserve Pines, dog later dies

Reporter: Annalise Iraola
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A woman and her exhausted dog fought to survive while trapped in the elements and oppressive Florida heat. Unfortunately, the dog would later die.

The pair lost their way at Prairie Preserve Pines in North Fort Myers. The woman called 911 for help and deputies from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded.

Body camera footage from the deputies show them responding to Prairie Pines Preserve around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

A senior citizen and her dog were walking on the hiking and horse trail at the 2600-acre preserve and got lost.

Her dog is shown crawling into the bushes and deputies gave it water by hand before carrying it away.

According to LCSO, Toffee passed away from a medical emergency on Saturday.

WINK News spoke with walkers at the trail, who said they stick to the well-beaten path.

“I only do the short trail, so I don’t get lost on that one. I have done the long trail several times only with other people. It’s a rough walk,” said Lynda, a trail walker from North Fort Myers. “There’s no water back there, and I’ve seen dogs just on the short trip really get exhausted.”

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said deputies took the woman and her dog, Toffee, home.

The woman did not need medical treatment, and she took her own dog to the hospital later to get checked out.

With the rising temperatures, it’s important to be mindful of what time you decide to walk outside with your dog.

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