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Central Park dog walker leaps into lake to rescue dog from thin ice

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On Sunday morning, a Central Park dog walker with five dogs tethered to their leashes rescued her own dog by jumping into a lake after her pooch escaped and dashed out into the thin ice at the northern end of the park reports The Daily News.

The unidentified woman ran after her dog who fell into the lake after the ice broke on Harlem Meer, a man made lake.

Onlookers were in shock as the woman fell into the pond. Both the woman and others were able to push the dog back to the safety of the shore. Police threw the woman a life ring and pulled her in.

Fortunately both dog and owner seemed to be fine, however authorities warn everyone not to run in after a pet in such circumstances. No ice is ever safe and can be deceptively thin.

As our pets are regarded as part of the family, it is often instinctive to want to jump in and save them should such dire circumstances occur. Instead of putting one's life at risk, experts strongly advise to call 911. The police and fire department are much more experienced in rescue on thin ice than most pet owners.

Accidents like falling into melting lakes are entirely preventable. Always keep your pet securely leashed, and do not walk across frozen lakes.

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