GLEN ALLEN, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico County Division of Fire units were called out shortly before 10 Monday morning for a report of a dog that had wandered out onto a pond and fallen through the ice.
Crews made it on scene and located the dog in a hole in the ice. The dog was able to keep his head above the water but not get out of the icy pond.
The dog was about 15-20 feet from the shore and could not be reached with poles. Crews located a boat on the edge of the pond and were able to rescue the dog. The dog was brought to shore, dried off, and the owner took the dog away.
Henrico Fire warns that when walking your dog, stay away from frozen ponds, lakes and other water. You don’t know if the ice will support your dog’s weight, and if your dog breaks through the ice it could be deadly. If this happens and you instinctively try to save your dog, both of your lives could be in jeopardy.
Every year about 50% of fatalities related to frozen waters starts with someone going after a pet that has fallen through the ice. Please do not attempt to go out on the ice yourself. Call 911 immediately.