Canadian firefighters rescued a female dog after she fell into a frozen lake.
The animal was emaciated and hypothermic and was on the verge of collapse, but the firefighters’ quick and efficient action saved her.
A group of volunteer firefighters stepped in to rescue a dog that fell into freezing water on Wednesday, Jan. 12, reports The Williams Lake Tribune.
A dog stepped onto the frozen surface of Holden Lake in Hemer State Park and the ice broke under its paws. So she was trapped in very cold water.
Upon arrival, firefighters found her floundering near the opposite embankment, not far from the house on Rugg Road. Two of them began to approach in an inflatable boat, and the third entered the water from the other side, trying to get to the female.
The trio of rescuers finally managed to get her out just in time as she was on the verge of losing consciousness due to hypothermia.
She was warmed up and taken to a veterinary clinic in Nanaimo, several kilometers away.
The female dog echoes the name Sakari and is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Pyrenean Mountain Dog. Her owner Mike Newman says she is fine now after being taken away by the vets.
“But I’m guessing her nose got the better of her and she let herself be pulled onto the ice”.