NY Dog Dies In Fire A Month After River Rescue

NEW YORK (AP) — A German shepherd who was pulled from the frigid waters of New York’s Hudson River last month after falling off her owner’s yacht has died in a fire.

Chloe died early Friday in a fire on the same yacht at Chelsea Piers on Manhattan’s West Side.

The dog’s owner, Mark Stoss, was treated for smoke inhalation and hypothermia. He said he tried desperately to get to the dog but was overcome by flames.

“I couldn’t get to her. I couldn’t,” a grieving Mark Stoss told the Daily News in the emergency room of Bellevue Hospital.

The 42-year-old marina resident said he awoke to black smoke at about 2 a.m. Fire spread through the 42-foot catamaran, called the Quid Pro Quo.

Investigators suspect a faulty electric heater may have started the blaze.

In early January, Chloe made headlines when she fell into the river and was trapped under a dock, whimpering and paddling to stay afloat.

A police scuba diver pulled her from the icy waters.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Khursh

    As a law enforcement officer, this story sounds suspicious. I would concentrate on this individual as a suspect of a crime. He may of thrown the dog overboard and when that failed set fire to the yacht in order to get rid of the dog and collect insurance for his yacht.

  • nyc

    The faulty electric heater was probably from China and purchased from Walmart !Poor dog – sad.

  • bob

    I feel so bad for the dog ..You sure Michael Vick wasn’t on the boat ??…

  • Jobie

    Life happens … no more irresponsible to have a dog on a boat than in a tiny NYC apt; I suggest the “judgmentalists” give a thought to the firm that made the electric heater.

  • Jake

    If you want to live in a dangerous situation that’s your business. But to keep a dog living on a boat? It’s just a plain irresponsible pet owner.

  • Anthony Eckstein

    he was doomed from the get go its a shame it was not him and not the dog god forgive me but that,s the way i feel sorry………….

  • Mike

    What a bunch of jerks





  • Marina Ios

    what kind of imbecil is this ….shouldnt be allowed to own another pet, ok, one time, an accident….lets say,,,,,but comon, kill the poor dog in a fire on a stupid small boat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jason

    Such a reckless owner! he should do time for this!

    • Mark Thompson

      It’s extremely sad, but it’s certainly not his fault. It sounds like he loved Chloe very much.

  • JIM

    CHLOE “THE DOG” !!!!!

  • cat

    Final Destination starring Chloe the dog

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