WESTMINSTER – For the second time in 2019, Westminster firefighters rescued a dog after it ran onto a partially frozen pond and fell through the ice.
At 7:41 Friday morning, firefighters were dispatched to a home near Carol Butts Park where a dog ran off after slipping through its owner’s front door. Two minors chased after it but could not catch up before it reached the ice. Firefighters commended the kids for staying calm and keeping an eye on the dog while waiting for help to arrive. The department said they were wise for not trying to traverse the ice on their own.
A firefighter wearing a dry suit was able to rescue the dog quickly and both were out of the water at 7:49am. Westminster Animal Control transported the dog to a local veterinary hospital and it is reported that the dog is doing great and will recover, according to the department.
Firefighters also remind pet owners to keep a close eye on their pets when icy water is near. Keep them on a leash and keep a tight hold. If you are present when a person or pet falls through ice, stay calm, call 911, and keep a close eye on the location of the victim. DO NOT TRY TO RESCUE ON YOUR OWN! Rescues are risky and you may become a victim yourself.