Petronis Family Hoping Owner Comes Forward To Claim Pooch

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Queens family that rescued a wayward dog on the Brooklyn Bridge is hoping the owner comes forward.

Matt Petronis told 1010 WINS his family held up traffic and grabbed the dog with the help of some iron workers on Monday.

“We held up the traffic in the right lane and we kind of forced it into the lane where the workers were and we yelled to them to take the dog and throw it in the car,” Petronis said. “Once we got the dog in the car, it was so out of breath and it just needed water badly.”

The dog, believed to be a Shiba Inu, is now staying with the Petronis family at their Breezy Point home, waiting for its owner to come forward.

“She’s adjusted pretty well, she’s a great dog, she’s very friendly, doesn’t bite,” Petronis said, adding that they’ve named the dog “Brooklyn.”

The family already has two dogs, and if they don’t find the owner, Petronis said there may be a chance they end up keeping the dog.

“My parents are starting to like it,” Petronis said. “We’ll give it a couple of days cause you never know, this dog is starting to become part of the family so we’ll see where it goes.”

The family can be contacted at

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