The search for a missing Hell’s Kitchen foster pup who slipped his harness ended safely after a dramatic rescue from the Hudson River in Chelsea this morning.

Organizers from Second Chance Rescue NYC were taping “lost dog” posters to lamp posts around Hell’s Kitchen earlier today after one of their foster dogs, Pope, had run off. The search ended when a boater plucked him out of the Hudson River over 25 blocks away.

Rescue dog Pope gave his foster parents the slip when they were out for a walk in the early hours of this morning. “Pope was rescued from down south. He’s only been in his foster home for a week or 10 days. He’s very fearful and got spooked by a loud sound when they were taking him out for a walk at about 3am this morning. He slipped his harness on 53rd and 9th,” said Taif from Second Chance Rescue as she taped posters to lamp posts near DeWitt Clinton Park.

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This afternoon, the police confirmed that a dog had been pulled from the Hudson River at Pier 66 (W26th Street and 12th Avenue) at just after 9am. The New York Post reported that an unidentified civilian boater spotted the pup and plucked him from the water. The boater handed the dog over to the NYPD Harbor Unit, where officers called the dog “Hudson”.

Foster parent, Christopher Hartley, confirmed to W42ST this afternoon that they had picked up Pope and were heading back with him to their Hell’s Kitchen home. “Such great news,” he said.

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