Heartstopping moment a Texas man saves dog in the nick of time after its leash gets stuck in elevator door
Video footage captured in an apartment complex shows the dog with a long lease getting left outside an elevator after its owner goes in
HOUSTON, TEXAS: A man saved his neighbor's dog after the pooch's leash got caught in an elevator door on December 9.
The incident was captured on the apartment's security cameras. Johnny Mathis, 27, had just returned from work in Houston, Texas, and had parked his car in the apartment's basement. Mathis, who lives on the ground floor, took the elevator from the basement to get to his floor.
As soon as he got out of the lift, a woman and a dog got in. According to a report by CNN, Mathis said, "When she got on, I was looking at the dog, because it was a cute dog. I noticed the leash was kinda long, but I didn't think it wasn't going to make it on the elevator or anything."
In the video that Mathis posted on Twitter, he is seen leaving the elevator but he quickly turns back to pick up the pomeranian after he notices that the owner has gone, leaving the dog behind.
When he saw that the pooch didn't make it into the elevator, Mathis yelled to the neighbor, "hey your dog!".
He shared, "Instinct just kicked in, I just grabbed that leash. 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 let go, you could see the leash just shoot off to the top of the elevator."
Mathis said when the elevator doors shut, the dog's owner could be heard crying frantically. Once he was able to free the dog off its leash, Mathis kept banging on the elevator door to let the neighbor know that her pet was safe. "She thought the worse, that the dog had died," he said.
Once the owner returned to the ground floor, Mathis said that she was very thankful but upset. "I think she just said 'thank you' and we hugged but she was just so overcome with emotion," he added.