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Police investigate viral video showing woman being pushed down after rescuing drowning dog

Police in Florida are investigating a video shared online that shows a woman being attacked after trying to save her attacker's drowning dog.

The unnamed woman told Local 10 News she jumped into Brickell Key Bay in Miami to rescue a dog who was allegedly thrown into the bay by his owner and could not return to safety.

In the video, someone on the shore reached out an arm to help the woman out of the water. The video then cuts to the Good Samaritan approaching the dog owner, who is standing with a group of people.

The owner then threw the woman to the ground on the artificial island.

A Miami, Florida police spokesperson told Local 10 News a report has been filed and officers are actively investigating the incident.

Police said the dog was safe and unharmed in the bizarre incident.

Meanwhile, state authorities are warning residents to be cautious while swimming after three people were injured in two shark attacks off Florida's Gulf Coast earlier this month.

The first attack involved a woman who was bitten in the upper body and arm. Doctors subsequently amputated part of her arm. The second attack, which occurred on a beach just 6.5 kilometers away, involved two teenagers.

Due to the attacks, authorities closed several beaches for a day.

On the island of Brickell Key in Florida (see picture), a viral video shows a man attacking a woman after she tried to save his drowning dog.
On the island of Brickell Key in Florida (see picture), a viral video shows a man attacking a woman after she tried to save his drowning dog. (Google Maps)

“Please swim carefully today, respect the Gulf, drink plenty of water and take care of your loved ones,” the South Walton Fire District urged residents. Officials warned that swimmers should watch for purple flags on beaches, which indicate dangerous marine life.