First responders in Michigan rescued a labradoodle that became stranded on an ice floe in the frigid Detroit River Monday afternoon.
The pooch, named Lucy, “somehow got away from her owners” who live near the river in Wyandotte.
Fortunately, Wyandotte Deputy Police Chief Archie Hamilton said, neighbors who spotted the dog on the water, called 911 to report it.
The police were first to respond to the call, which came in at about 4:15 p.m. Monday, Hamilton said. At that point, the dog was 40-50 feet from the banks. She was cold and looked exhausted.
Hamilton said the police officers considered calling the U.S. Coast Guard — and even going into the freezing water themselves. But when the firefighters showed up, they calmly took control and made a plan.
“If not for that,” he added, “that dog would have froze to death or drowned.”
“It had such a happy outcome,” said Wyandotte Assistant Fire Chief Tom Lyon, who, along with a small crowd of first responders and residents, watched his men suit up in orange insulated wetsuits and risk their lives to save the terrified animal. “She just had those big brown eyes, and she couldn’t talk, but she probably was just so grateful.”
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