The Animal Control officer, Brian Austin, said "That [puppy] moved around the island better than we can." They were having an impossible time trying to grab him, but eventually they managed to get the puppy, but he didn't go quietly.
"I thought we caught the wrong thing at first," fire department Captain Riley Martinka said. He yelped and shrieked at his rescuers, not realizing that they were only there to help. Even though he was being fussy, they wrapped him up in a towel and brought him back across the river, finally safe from the danger.
Officer Austin plans to reunite Blondie with Gordon, after confirming that he would be able to care for the dog. Gordon is currently staying at a friend's house and apparently has two other puppies who were from the same litter as Blondie, so they need to make sure that he can actually handle another dog.
Apparently the island that Blondie was stranded on is a common campground for homeless people in the area, but as the seasons change the water levels rise up too high. "Then all of a sudden a nice easy trip from the mainland out to the island becomes pretty treacherous as the water level comes up and the force of the water increases exponentially,” Captain Ben Meigs of the Fire Battalion said.