In Chittenden, Vermont, a 93-year-old resident of Rutledge died on Saturday afternoon trying to save his dog from an icy pond. According to an official report by the Vermont State Police, Detective Trooper Pfindel stated William R. Graf died when he ventured out onto the ice at Leffert’s Pond off Wildcat Road after his dog fell through the ice.
A witness stated Mr. Graf was unable to get out of the water. Police stated the dog also died. An autopsy is pending.
In a similar tragedy, an Oklahoma man drowned in January trying to save his dog who fell through thin ice on a pond. Tanner Shorter, 22, had been out duck hunting with a group of friends in Stephens County when the accident took place. Shorter’s dog ran onto the thin ice to retrieve a bird and apparently fell through the ice – Shorter immediately tried to rescue his companion, but died in the process.
So what do you do if your dog falls through the ice?
First of all, always keep your dog on a leash. If you didn’t heed that warning, experts strongly urge pet owners to take the following steps:
- Call 911. Wait for fire rescue
- Do not go onto the ice after your dog. If the ice didn’t support your dog, it’s surely not going to support a human
- Let the rescue workers do their job
- Don’t repeat the mistake and keep your dog on a leash in the future
Rest in peace Mr. Graf.
(Photo of Vermont State Police report man died in icy pond via Facebook)
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