When the snow starts to fall in winter and the ponds ice over, it can be beautiful to look at. Everything turns into a winter wonderland, which can be cozy and magical from inside a warm home. However, for those who have to venture out in cold, the snowy landscape can pose a lot of challenges and risks.
For pet owners, especially, cold winter days can make something as simple as a potty walk turn into a dangerous mission.
Not only do pet owners have to make sure their animals are getting enough exercise and potty breaks, but they have to make sure they keep them safe as well.
Despite the best efforts of dog or cat owners, pets can sometimes end up in precarious situations. They may escape the backyard or pull the leash from their owners’ hands and run into a dangerous situation.
One dog in Greensburg, Indiana found himself in a life-or-death situation when he unknowingly wandered onto a pond coated in a thin layer of ice. The ice held up while the dog walked out to the middle of the pond, and then it began to crack.
It wasn’t long before the poor pup was in the middle of an icy pond!
With the temperature so cold, the dog was struggling to swim and needed help ASAP. Thankfully, some volunteers with the local fire department heard about the dog and arrived just in time.
The volunteers were well-prepared for their rescue mission and even had a special device to get out on the icy water safely. They were able to make it to the pup and get him back to the shore!
The fire department shared footage of the rescue on Facebook, saying, “We had our first ice rescue of the season yesterday. Our team was able to successfully rescue a dog that had fallen through the ice into a pond.”
Icy ponds are a real danger in winter, for both pets and humans. There are so many stories of pets being rescued from ponds and lakes, like the dog in New York, the horse in Texas, the golden retriever in Canada, and the deer in Kansas among other stories.
It’s a good reminder to practice winter safety tips with our pets and always keep them on a leash.
Watch the rescue in the video below:
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