Neighbors, firefighters rescue dog that fell through ice on pond in WakefieldBy DOUG ALDEN
New Hampshire Union Leader
April 15. 2018 9:59PM
WAKEFIELD — Firefighters took an icy plunge to help rescue a dog that fell through ice on Balch Pond over the weekend.
Alert neighbors on Francis Road saw the dog stranded on the partially iced-over pond and called 911 before venturing out in a rowboat Saturday morning, Wakefield Fire Chief Todd Nason said Sunday.
“The dog got up out the water once and made it a little farther, then dropped back through again,” Nason said.
Police and firefighters arrived as the neighbors, whose names were not available, continued slowly making their way through the water and across the ice to reach the dog, Nason said.
“They were going out to work on their dock and they saw the dog out there. They grabbed the rowboat and went,” Nason said.
“There was about 150 feet of open water to get to the ice and probably another 100 feet of ice.”
Nason said two firefighters put on their ice-rescue suits and tied on to safety lines before venturing out in the frigid waters.
“The people in the boat had the dog out of the water and got him into the boat, but they were still having a hard time trying to get the boat turned on the ice to come back,” Nason said. “They were doing OK. It would have taken them a little bit longer without the help but we just assisted getting them back to shore and everything worked out very well.”
David Landry, animal control officer for the Wakefield Police Department, was on shore when the rescue party arrived.
“The dog was fine once they got him out and we got him back to shore,” Nason said. “A little bit cold, but other than that he seemed really good.”
Nason said Landry was able to quickly locate the dog’s owner, who lived nearby. “Our main concern is to get out there before the dog gets completely exhausted,” Nason said. “They get to the point where they give up and we want to make sure we get to them before that point, so it worked out very well.”