Firefighters not only brave deadly burning fires but they also come to the rescue for our pets in awkward places where we can’t get to them, and of course in this story in the deadly icy river waters too. This Labrador was stuck in excess of an hour in the icy depths of the River Wansbeck.
The animal rescue group called the RSPCA were alerted to the situation by a rowing club in Ashington, Northumberland. The nine-year-old Labrador called Hardy had plunged into the river and wasn’t able to get out again!
Stuck in the ice, and finding it hard to move, numb from the icy waters all around the pup, the dog walker who stopped to help couldn’t save the poor nearly frozen doggie.
Hardy, aptly named and he really was hardy indeed was clinging to the surface with his paws, just desperately looking for someone to save him before he slipped away!
Coming to Hardy’s aid was Inspector Jaqui Miller, she was tied to a rope, just in case she slipped in too, her colleges held onto the rope tightly while she ventured out!
“We were really worried about poor Hardy as he had been stuck in the ice for about an hour in the freezing cold water …He had been out walking with his dog walker when he had run into the river not realizing that the minus six-degree weather we’ve had recently had frozen the water.”
Hardy was so happy to get home all safe, just in time to have some sausages!
Miller went on:
“His dog walker told us he’s so used to paddling in the river and the sea that he just bounded off hoping for a little swim …I made sure I was securely fastened to the rope and started across the ice.”
“As I got closer to Hardy I could hear him whimpering and I kept calling back to him to try and reassure the poor dog …I managed to grab him by his scruff and help Hardy push himself up onto the ice. He must have been freezing because he didn’t hang around but scampered off towards his dog walker.”
Miller told everyone how the rescue was a team effort and how they all worked together to safely rescue Hardy, the firefighters and their rope made it all possible to rescue him safely and get him to safety quickly.
Miller then said:
“I made sure I was securely fastened to the rope and started across the ice. As I got closer to Hardy I could hear him whimpering and I kept calling back to him to try and reassure the poor dog …I managed to grab him by his scruff and help Hardy push himself up onto the ice. He must have been freezing because he didn’t hang around but scampered off towards his dog walker.”
“The firefighters then tugged on the rope which was attached to me and pulled me back onto land where I could check Hardy over. He had a small cut on his paw and was pretty cold but apart from this he was absolutely fine.”
The rescue group the RSPCA are telling all dog owners to keep their dogs well away from frozen ponds, rivers, and lakes which really do pose a bigger threat to your pet that some may realize!
Also, make sure that your dog’s paws do not get clogged up with snow too, it could seriously hurt them if they get frostbite in their delicate feet!
The RSPCA says:
“If your dog ventures onto the ice, never follow them onto it, instead call fire and rescue services for help.”
Miller checked in on Hardy later that same day, and she was delighted to see that he was well and felt much better and warm; he had some nice sausages to make him feel better.
“He’s quite a strong dog who’s been used to swimming in the north sea, so he seemed pretty unfazed by it all and was just happy to be home where he was even treated to a sausage or two!”
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