CANTON, MA. (WBZ/CNN) – Forget homework excuses.
A Massachusetts man is blaming his dog for his car ending up in a pond.
John Costello told police in Canton his five-month-old German shepherd, Rosie, got her leash tangled in the gear shifter.
When she was trying to break free, the puppy fell onto the driver’s side floor and hit the accelerator, sending the car into the pond.
“She hit the gear shift into drive and when the car jerked, she landed on the gas pedal and we all got tangled,” said Costello.
The master and his dog were both in the Dodge Neon as it floated about 30 yards offshore, before it sank.
Costello jumped out, but the water pushed the door closed trapping Rosie inside. Costello said the car kept on rolling deeper into the water.
A witness rushed into the pond to help get Rosie safely out — after the driver untangle things to free himself.
“I started screaming out, ‘My dog, my dog.’ I jumped in through the window and grabbed her by the neck and pulled her out and we both fell back into the water,” said Costello.
The man and his dog emerged unharmed.
The vehicle was submerged in the water and dive teams had to pull it out. The car is considered a loss.
Canton police are encouraging drivers to keep their pets safely secured in the rear of their vehicle, where they can’t interfere with their operation.