A Hinsdale resident's dog was found by police after it was swept away by a rainwater stream at Katherine Legge Memorial Park Thursday morning.
Deputy Chief Mark Wodka of the Hinsdale Police Department said the department received a call at 9:16 a.m. Thursday from a resident who said their 115-pound Bernese Mountain Dog was taken away by the stream's current, which was accelerated due to the morning rainfall, while the dog was off her leash drinking the water.
The owner last saw the dog get carried into a drainage pipe that Wodka said runs about 1,000 feet underground towards I-294.
"Upon learning that the dog was carried away into the pipe the officers began searching the area where the pipe discharges," Wodka said.
Shortly thereafter, the officers located the dog at the corner of Tomlin Court and Laurie Lane, east of KLM. The dog, Fammy, suffered some injuries to her paws.
"It was a frightening experience for the dog owner, but fortunately this was a good outcome," Wodka said.
The deputy chief said Thursday's incident serves as a warning to residents that dogs should always be leashed and never allowed to drink from moving streams.