Jake Gyllenhaal’s bio officially needs to be updated to include “dog rescuer” among his many credits.
The “Spider-Man: Far From Home” actor recently rescued a giant Dalmatian who found itself stranded in the middle of a busy NYC intersection.
Gyllenhaal was walking in Lower Manhattan Thursday morning when he spotted the pooch standing terrified in the street. It wasn’t long before the actor leapt into action.
“The dog was on a leash, but had gotten away from its owner, who was too small to control the bulky beast, which the spy estimated to be about three feet tall,” Page Six reports.
Gyllenhaal reportedly then tried motioning to the dog but to avail — “It was like the dog was in shock or something,” an eyewitness said.
The actor then stepped into traffic, “bringing cars to a standstill,” before calming the dog and bringing it back to its owner. “He really was a hero,” the eyewitness added.
The dog survived the scare unharmed. Gyllenhaal stopped to talk to the Dalmatian’s owner afterwards about different types of leashes that could prevent another similar incident.
Gyllenhaal has been very public about his love for dogs. “I love dogs, I just love them,” he told W magazine last year. “They are so playful. I think they bring that out in us, if we allow it. I don’t think I’m that playful, generally. I need to be reminded of it. So, they remind me of that.”
So there you have it. Jake Gyllenhaal: dog hero.