Dog rescuer still emotional a week after save

Dog recovering following rescue (WCIV)

By Valencia

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - As Alton Ledlow stood over the place where he witnessed a drowning dog show signs of life, he shed a tear.

"A lot of time I've spent depressed and kind of moping around and feeling bad for myself," said Ledlow. "And, they put me into some perspective. And, made me think about how lucky we are to have each day."

Last Sunday, Ledlow and a friend headed to Noisette Creek in North Charleston to fish. When they arrived they were met by an extremely thin dog walking along the bank.

"As I started to back up, the dog followed me all the way back to the edge of the road and went behind my truckhe just would not let me leave," Ledlow said.

Instead of leaving, Ledlow walked up to the water. That's when he saw what he mistook for an otter, until his friend let him know it was a second dog.

"All at once I realized, you know, he's not going to make it," Ledlow said. "And, I just threw everything out of my pockets, kicked my shoes off, ran and jumped in the water.{} And, it was freezing."

Ledlow says the dog was being held in the water by a stick with heavy rocks on either end.

Ledlow says he threw the stick to the side and carried the dog to the edge of the creek.

"At that point I noticed his eye was no longer moving and he wasn't breathing. And, I angled him upside down the best I could And, I realized I said, 'He's gone.'"

Still Ledlow didn't give in.

"I put my hand on his chest and I started to pray for his soul and at that moment, I felt movement," he said.

The dog took a gasping breath. At that moment, Ledlow says the three bonded.

"They both stopped and they both looked at me with their eyes. And, I looked back at them and I felt that something amazing just happened," Ledlow said.

Officials with the Charleston Animal Society named the duo, Alton and Aaron. To their surprise, Alton the rescuer has a younger brother named Aaron.

At the time of their rescue, Kay Hyman, spokeswoman for Charleston Animal Society, said Alton showed signs of pneumonia and was 20 pounds underweight, while Aaron was 15 pounds underweight.

"Unfortunately some people made some bad choices for these animals and the Lord fixes it for right," Ledlow said.

Some people call Ledlow a hero. He says he was just at the right place at the right time.

"I don't think it was heroic, I think it was humane," he said.

If you have any information on who is responsible for Alton and Aaron's abuse, you can make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.