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Watch Quick-Thinking Man Leap Into Action To Save Dog from Leash Caught in Elevator

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A Houston man has been credited with saving the life of a Pomeranian dog whose leash had been caught in an elevator door.

Johnny Mathis, 27, was returning to his home after work Monday when he witnessed a woman walking her dog on a leash. The woman stepped into the elevator as the dog trotted after her.

As the elevator doors began to close, the dog seemed to hesitate, unsure of whether to follow or stay put.

“When she got on, I was looking at the dog, because it was a cute dog,” Mathis told CNN. “I noticed the leash was kinda long but I didn’t think it wasn’t going to make it on the elevator or anything.”

But the dog did not make it onto the elevator, and Mathis, who had started to walk away, quickly realized what was going on.

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Video footage from the apartment complex showed the elevator doors close with the Pomeranian still outside. Mathis realized the dog was in trouble and darted toward the confused pup.

Video footage showed the moment Mathis grabbed the dog and worked frantically to remove the leash.

“Instinct just kicked in, I just grabbed that leash,” Matthis told CNN. “There was so much fur, that’s why it took me a bit to get that lever off of the collar and when I did, I let go, you could see that leash just shoot off to the top of the elevator.”

Mathis said he could hear the owner from inside the elevator, and that she was “terrified.”

“It was super scary and all I was focused on was getting that leash off the dog,” he told Fox Television Studios.

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When the owner returned to the floor and reunited with her dog, Mathis could tell she was overcome with emotion.

“She thought the worse, that the dog had died,” he told CNN.

Mathis was quick to forgive the owner for the mishap, telling Fox, “there was nothing she could have done.”

“She is new to the building so I think she wasn’t expecting it to shut so fast,” he said. “I felt terrible for her. It was an honest mistake.”

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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