A wintery walk with your furry family member can be tons of fun. Some dogs absolutely love snow, and the two of you can have an incredible adventure together. But you will want to beware of icy ponds and lakes, especially when winter temperatures start to rise.
It was at Shelley Lake, which is just south of Seattle, where a dog fell through the thinning ice 120 feet from shore and into the frigid water.
Around 6:10 pm, both the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and the Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to the scary scene. Deputy Stephan Moore put on an ice rescue suit and slowly made his way out onto the incredibly thin ice to save the struggling pup. Luckily, he was tethered to Emergency Operations Team members on shore via rope because he, too, fell into the frigid water.
Thank goodness his ice rescue suit protected him from the cold. He was able to grab the chilly canine and signal to the crew members that were still on shore to pull them both out of the icy water.
“The Emergency Operations Team is well-equipped and trained for ice and water rescue. People who do not have this type of equipment and training should not attempt a rescue like this. Hypothermia can occur in minutes, leaving a well-intentioned rescuer to become a victim of a possible life-threatening situation,” said the rescue crew.
When winter temperatures start to rise above freezing, the layer of ice covering ponds and lakes starts to melt. This creates unpredictable and potentially deadly conditions. It is wise to stay on shore and keep your canine companions from venturing out onto the thinning ice.
Keep an eye out for geese on the frozen water, as the urge to chase them can be too tempting for some pups.
While it may be your first instinct, do not go out onto the ice and attempt to rescue an animal that has fallen through. Instead, immediately call 911. If you fall in, too, the emergency rescue crew will save you first, and that puts your dog in even more danger. Plus, you’re putting your own life at risk.
Spokane Valley Firefighters provided treatment to help warm up this very cold canine until Spokane Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) arrived and could take over. Thankfully, the dog is alive and expected to make a full recovery.
You can check out a couple clips from two of the body cams that were worn during the canine’s rescue below.