An amazing pet rescue was carried out Friday afternoon at Ashland State Park when a dog fell through the ice and into freezing water more than 150 feet from shore.
Ashland Fire Department, located in Ashland, Massachusetts, is credited with saving a dog who had been in the frigid water for about 20 minutes. High school senior Sabrina Weiner, who has been job shadowing the department for about two months caught it all on camera.
Thankfully a dog walker contacted the fire department in time. Firefighter David Larussi told Fox25 Boston News
“All the people in this department are animal lovers including myself so whether it’s a person or a dog it’s a high emergency for us.”
Firefighter Peter Stone added the dog was nervous and was howling as his head stayed just above the icy water.
The firefighters wore protective suits and reached the dog in less than ten minutes using a specialized sled. Other firefighters pulled everyone to shore safely.
The video below shows the dramatic rescue (Facebook video may be slow to load)
This story has a happy ending all around. Sabrina says the rescue has strengthened her desire to pursue a medical career. The dog was treated for hypothermia and is expected to survive.
Ashland Fire Department cautioned people on their Twitter page to “Remember, the ice is never safe, and if your pet does end up on the ice do not go out after it. Call 911. We have the training and equipment to bring them back to shore.”
You are all heroes in the eyes of animal advocates. Be safe and congratulations on your career choice Sabrina. Their Facebook page is here.
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