While on her nightly walk with her owner, Brandi, a 7-year-old Beagle, broke free and fell 70-feet off Burlington Riverfront Promenade bridge, landing in the Delaware River.
Robert Lorenz left home around 8 p.m. to walk his two beagles. Brandi got away from Lorenz and began running when he would try and catch her. When he returned home an hour later, he told his wife, Alexis, what had happened. Alexis told WUSA9 she and her husband searched the promenade area by foot and by car for hours. While searching near Pearl Street, they were told Burlington County Bridge police had spotted Brandi.
Bridge officer Rob Bittner saw Brandi and was trying to help her. Bittner told the Courier Post: "I get a fourth of the way up the bridge and I see this dog in the road and cars are moving all around it. I activated my lights to slow traffic and I pretty much followed the dog because I didn’t want to scare her by chasing after her.”
Brandi was doing fine according to Bittner, walking along until she got to the top of the bridge where a steel grate caused her paws to get trapped. Motorists by that time had gotten out of their cars and were were trying to grab Brandi. Bittner says: "There was a car ahead loaded with young kids that couldn't have been more then 17 or 20 years old. They busted open the door and a young boy tried to grab the dog."
It was at that point Brandi jumped off the bridge and into the river according to the Washington Post.
With the help of police spotlights, Brandi was found and recovered. She was taken to a local veterinarian, and although she had bruises on her abdomen, she suffered no broken bones and is expected to make a full recovery.