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Random Act Of Sport: Hotel Manager Saves Dog Stuck In Elevator

‘I just grabbed it, and struggled with it, then I guess my adrenaline set in’

Last month, Ben Duke, the general manager of the Roadside Inn in Greenville, South Carolina, was monitoring a hallway when he noticed a leashed Jack Russell terrier without an owner. The guest holding the leash had just boarded the hotel’s elevator, and the dog, named Boo Boo, was left outside.


As the elevator rose, the leash started to pull the puppy. Duke sprang into action, grabbing the leash and attempting to rip it before it strangled Boo Boo.

“The doors closed, and I guess he didn’t realize that his dog had wandered off,” Duke told WYFF. “I just grabbed it, and struggled with it, then I guess my adrenaline set in or something, and I snapped the leash right above my hand.”

After the struggle, Duke set Boo Boo down. As the dog scurried off, Duke covered his mouth with his hands, seemingly in shock.

“The dog was scared and fought me pretty hard,” Duke said. “In fact, he scratched me pretty good on my face. I don’t blame him. It was pretty scary.”

Boo Boo’s owner was crying when he returned downstairs. After seeing the dog alive alive, the guest hugged the hotel manager.

“I was just reacting and doing what I was supposed to do in that situation,” Duke said. “Everybody is calling me a hero, but I can’t imagine the other outcome.”

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