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SLC fire crews come to the rescue after dog falls through ice into pond

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Posted at 3:10 PM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-17 17:10:42-05

dog falls through ice 2SALT LAKE CITY — Fire crews are warning people to be careful on frozen ponds after they rescued a dog that fell through the ice Thursday.

A man was walking his dog Thursday morning along a trail at the Forest Dale Golf Course when the dog ran out onto the pond, fell through the ice and became trapped.

The owner called 911, and fire crews were there within minutes.

dog falls through ice“Our crews went out and they were able to lay down a ladder on the ice, slowly crawl out, and their force broke the ice slowly, and then that created a pathway, and the dog was able to swim its way to shore,” said Jasen Asay of the Salt Lake City Fire Department.

Asay said the dog owner was very happy and went straight home to warm the animal up.

He said if you’re ever with someone who falls through the ice, it’s best to call 911 or use something like a rope to help pull them to shore. He said people should not go running out onto the ice to try to save the person or animal in distress, as that can create a situation where the rescuer also finds themselves in trouble and in need of assistance.