CCTV captures dramatic moment man saves dog after leash caught in elevator

A man in the US has saved his neighbour’s dog after its leash got caught in an elevator, posting CCTV footage of the dramatic rescue on Twitter. The video showed Johnny Mathis exiting the elevator at his apartment complex in Houston , Texas as his neighbour entered, but the dog, which was on a long leash, failed to follow before the doors closed. Mathis leapt into action, managing to unlatch the dog from the leash as the lift ascended.
Johnny Mathis (@Johnnayyeee)

Y’all I’m shaking!!! I just saved a dog on a leash that didn’t make it onto the elevator with the owner before the door closed! I just happened to turn around as the door closed and it started to lift off the ground I got the leash off in time😭😭

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.”

Instinct just kicked in, I just grabbed that leash,” he said. “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 on Twitter that the dog’s owner “started screaming as soon as the door shut and was bawling her eyes out when it came back down, she thought the worst poor [thing].”

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“I’m thankful I was there at the right time to help,” he said.

Johnny Mathis (@Johnnayyeee)

This could have been a lot worse but thankfully I could help. I’m glad it ended the way it did, truly. All this attention wasn’t my intention but I hope awareness to situations like this are brought to everyone’s attention. It could happen to anyone. A second is all it takes.