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Animal control officers save struggling deer who fell through ice on lake

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Update 1/10/14: A sad update, despite the heroics of the animal control officers, the doe died not long after being rescued from the icy water.

On Tuesday, WFSB News published a touching story about a deer who was stranded in icy water and the compassionate Jonesboro, Ark., animal control officers who went above and beyond to save her life.

The amazing rescue effort took place on Tuesday afternoon after animal control officers were alerted to the presence of a deer who had fallen through ice and into the frigid water of a lake behind the Ridge Crest Nursing Home.

Officers observed the struggling doe approximately 15 feet from shore and the weather outside proved too cold to utilize just ropes to pull her free.

The officers did not give up on the tired doe - instead, they searched until they found a boat which they could utilize to reach her.

The amount of ice on the lake made the short journey difficult, but after a good deal of effort, the ice was broken through and Animal Control Officer Eric Gilbee was able to reach the tired deer.

Gilbee stated:

She was trying to get out but she was just, she was so cold I think she was just starting to give up,"

After being plucked from the frigid water, the exhausted doe was transported to a veterinary clinic where she was blown dry and provided with a cozy heater to keep her comfortable.

At the clinic, a gunshot wound was found in the doe's chest - officials believe that she may have scurried out onto the ice after being hit.

Officer Gilbee summed up his thoughts on the amazing rescue:

"This is why I became an animal control officer so I could do stuff like this,"

Click here to watch a video of the icy, water rescue effort.

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