Firefighter bitten while rescuing dog near icy lake

The Michigan firefighter sustained minor injuries when the scared beagle "nipped" him on the neck


Nathan Clark
MLive.com, Walker, Mich.

SYLVAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — No good deed goes unpunished. A small dog running loose around an icy Chelsea-area lake bit his rescuer in the neck Friday, officials said.

Rescue crews were called about 10:50 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, for a report of a dog that had fallen through the ice on Cavanaugh Lake near the Waterloo Recreation Area, according to the Chelsea Are Fire Authority officials.

The rescued beagle (not pictured) is being cared for by animal control until it can be reunited with its owners. The firefighter's injuries were minor. (Photo/Grant Durr, Unsplash)
The rescued beagle (not pictured) is being cared for by animal control until it can be reunited with its owners. The firefighter's injuries were minor. (Photo/Grant Durr, Unsplash)

Crews arrived in the area and quickly determined the dog, a beagle, had not fallen through the ice, but instead was running around the frozen lake and in the roadway unattended, officials said.

A firefighter was able to get hold of the beagle and was “nipped” in the neck by the scared animal, according to the Chelsea Are Fire Authority. The firefighter’s injuries were minor, but he was taken to a nearby hospital to be checked out as a precaution, officials said.

Authorities discovered the dog’s owner is not a local resident, but someone who was in the area hunting previously and had lost the dog.

The dog was being cared for by county animal control officers until it can be reunited with its owners.

Huron Valley Ambulance assisted at the scene.

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