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Barnsley Pensioner Searches For Good Samaritan

Wednesday October 26 2011



AN 85-Year-Old Barnsley pensioner is searching for the good samaritans who stopped to help him rescue his dog on Girlroyd Bridge yesterday lunctime (October, 25).

Frederick Swinden, 85, had only just set off on his walk with his greyhound Holly when she collapsed. Mr Swinden was unable to lift the dog himself but two passing motorists pulled over to help him.

He said: "It has quite floored me really. I don't know who these ladies were, and I didn't get their names but I would love to say thank you for their help. They just stopped their cars and came running across the road.

"Holly is normally a really fit dog - but she only managed about ten yards and she collapsed. They were complete strangers but they didn't hesitate."

The women stayed with Frederick and Holly for almost 20 minutes - one woman, who said she had cared for greyhounds herself for 34 years - spent 15 minutes massaging Holly and bringing her around until she could find her feet.

Frederick said: "You just don't see people dashing to help every day. I am sure if these ladies could have carried Holly themselves they would have done."

Holly managed to regain her feet and make it home but when Frederick took her to the vets, she unfortunately had to be put to sleep.

Frederick would love to contact the two good Samaritans - one of whom was with her daughter - to say thanks.

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Reply Posted by Dawn crossland on Wednesday October 26 2011 at 19:40
Hi it was my son, daughter and myself who stopped and helped with the greyhound which had collapsed. My son carried Holly home for the man and I carried out heart message on her till she came round . I'm very sorry to hear of the sad loss of Holly, R.I.P.Holly 
Regards Dawn Crossland 

Reply Posted by Dawn crossland on Wednesday October 26 2011 at 19:40
Hi it was my son, daughter and myself who stopped and helped with the greyhound which had collapsed. My son carried Holly home for the man and I carried out heart message on her till she came round . I'm very sorry to hear of the sad loss of Holly, R.I.P.Holly 
Regards Dawn Crossland 

Reply Posted by Dawn crossland on Wednesday October 26 2011 at 19:40
Hi it was my son, daughter and myself who stopped and helped with the greyhound which had collapsed. My son carried Holly home for the man and I carried out heart message on her till she came round . I'm very sorry to hear of the sad loss of Holly, R.I.P.Holly 
Regards Dawn Crossland 

Reply Posted by on Thursday October 27 2011 at 08:28
Aww Dawn it's so nice to hear from you. Mr Swinden was super grateful and wants you to know he thanks your family very dearly for your help!

Reply Posted by Neilfbutterfield on Friday October 28 2011 at 09:26
Well done to the Crossland family, nice to read a story about people who " care " , only sorry that Holly did not pull thru, but at least you gave her a chance. I am sorry for the gentlman,s loss, it is sad for him.