Photos: Mich. firefighters rescue dog from icy lake

The golden retriever became lethargic due to the conditions of the water and hypothermia setting in


By FireRescue1 Staff

WHITEHALL, Mich. — Firefighters walked across a frozen lake to save a dog that had fallen through thin ice.

When firefighters arrived at the lake, the dog was still barking and struggling to climb out of the water, ABC News reported. White Lake Fire Chief Gregory Holman said the dog became lethargic due to the conditions of the water and hypothermia setting in.

Two White Lake Fire Authority firefighters ventured out into the middle of the lake to rescue the golden retriever. Once they secured the dog to a rope, crews on shore were able to tug the dog out of the water.

"Looking at an ice-rescue situation involving animals, if it's a deer, we're probably not going to endanger our staff and put them out on the ice," Chief Holman said. "But for a family pet like a dog, we'll do our best to rescue [them]."

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