In Holliston, Massachusetts, despite heroic rescue efforts by the fire department and volunteers, a beagle did not survive on Friday after falling through the ice at Linden Pond. According to the Holliston Fire Department, a report came in about the dog struggling to get out of the icy water. When rescuers arrived, the dog had fallen below the surface.
Personnel from Ladder 1 and Engine 1 deployed the Rescue Alive! sled to attempt a recovery. The men, dressed in cold water suits were quickly able to located the dog named Toby, using the sled to bring him back to shore. According to the WickedHollistonLocal news, a firefighter was able to resuscitate the dog and rushed him to the animal hospital just minutes away where two veterinarians tried to keep the dog alive. Tragically Toby died.
There is no way to tell how safe a frozen river or a pond is by looking at it. Even if one part is strong enough for people or their dogs to walk, there is absolutely no guarantee the next step won’t be the fatal one. Anyone who falls through the ice – our pets included, quickly face a life or death situation. The cold is capable of stopping one’s heart – just from the shock. At the very least, the icy fall can quickly render someone breathless and therefore helpless. Our dogs depend on their humans to be safe. Of course, it is human nature to want to allow our dogs to run free – they love it, but remember you could be signing your dog’s death sentence as well as your own. Be a good dog parent, and keep your dog leashed at all times when out for a walk this winter.
Rest in peace Toby.
Photos courtesy of the Holliston Fire Department.
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