On Tuesday December 4, 2012, Misty, a old golden retriever, fell through some thin ice on the Mattagami River in Timmins, Ontario. A 911 call was received by the Timmins Fire Dept at approximately 1pm. Misty was trapped in the thin ice and open water, whimpering when the ice rescue raft reached her.
Firefighter Gilles Leduc actually tipped over the ice rescue sled while trying to save Misty.
After a bystander dried her off with a fireman’s coat, she was off, running towards some houses. She was located safe and sound at her home. Hopefully a lesson was learned here. Thank you to the firefighters who risk their lives every day, even for our pets. Timmins Firefighters recommend when an animal is in danger, you should call 911 and not attempt to rescue the animal yourself. (and stay away from thin ice!)
According to a comment on the original article Misty has belonged to the Tremblay family for 7 years. They are thankful to the firefighters that Misty is back safe and sound.
A similar incident occured on November 24, 2012 near Fargo, ND. Mooreland Firefighters were called to rescue Maggie, the two year old golden retriever who was out for a walk with her owner Debbie Olson when she went after a boy across the river and got trapped in the thin ice and open water.
Debbie says in an article by WDayNews:
“she’d been in about 15 minutes and she was starting to cry and stuff and I don’t think she would have made it too much longer. So, thankfully, they came and got her out.”
To read the full story with video about Maggie, click here.