This is the heart racing moment a Pomeranian was nearly decapitated after its leash got stuck in an elevator.
The security footage from an apartment building in Houston, Texas shows the dog’s owner board an elevator, but her dog lags behind and the doors close on its leash.
Just as the elevator doors closed, Johnny Mathis, 27, returned home from work. He saw the dog standing outside the elevator and immediately rushed to help.
Mathis told CNN: ‘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.’
He said he yelled, ‘hey your dog!’ when he realized the Pomeranian did not make it on the elevator – but there was nothing she could do.
‘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, I let go, you could see that leash just shoot off to the top of the elevator.’
Mathis said he could hear the dog’s owner frantically crying after the elevator doors closed. After he freed the dog from its leash, he began banging on the elevator door to let her know her dog was safe, but he does not think she heard him.Nazi death camp survivor turns 100 on Holocaust remembrance day
‘She though the worse, that the dog had died,’ Mathis said, adding that the woman was so upset she could not stop crying, even after learning her dog was not harmed.
‘I think she just said “thank you” and we hugged, but she was so overcome with emotion.’
Mathis has not seen the woman since the encounter. He said he believes the woman recently moved to the apartment complex, so she may not have known how the elevators worked.
He later went to the apartment leasing office and explained the incident. Afterwards, he took a look at the security video, which he later posted on Twitter.