A German shepherd mix is alive and well today thanks to the keen ears of neighbors near the Black River and the efforts of the Elyria, Ohio firefighters who arrived to help.
According to Tuesday's WEWS News, the three-year-old dog somehow fell into the icy river on New Year's Eve. The frigid temperature of the water made staying above water a struggle.
In the afternoon, neighbors near the river heard the dog's panicked cries and contacted the fire department for assistance.
By the time that the rescuers arrived a short time later, it was apparent that the icy water was taking a toll on the struggling dog.
Using an inflatable boat, the firefighters entered the river to execute the rescue.
Those who were at the river stated that the dog seemed to know that the rescuers were there to help because he let go of the ice and tried to swim towards the boat. The boat arrived in the nick of time; the icy water was causing the dog to lose strength.
But the two-man team did manage to pluck the dog from the water without issue and he was quickly wrapped in blankets.
Fire Capt. Carl Mack told the Chronicle-Telegram:
“He was definitely tired at that point and probably hypothermic and happy to be pulled out of the water.”
The dog was transported to the Lorain County Dog Pound where it was determined that he did not have a microchip. Officials are hopeful that the owner will recognize his photo and arrive to take him home.
If nobody claims the dog, he will be placed up for adoption.
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