Rescue dogs

Fairfield and East Hampton firefighters rescue dogs on ice

FAIRFIELD, EAST HAMTPON, Conn. (WTNH) – Two different dogs lived similar lives on Friday afternoon as Connecticut rescuers rescued the dogs that were trapped on the ice and unable to return to land.

The first call came to Fairfield. A woman was reported to have fallen through the ice at Perry Mills Pond. While a Good Samaritan rescued the woman from the freezing water, the dog still remained on the ice, according to the Fairfield Fire Department. Responders sprang into action, retrieving the dog safely and finding another on shore.

Fairfield firefighters sprung into action bringing the dog safely ashore.

Meanwhile, the East Hampton Fire Department was dealing with a similar situation.

Volunteer firefighters were dispatched to the north end of Lake Pocotopaug around 4:00 p.m. after hearing reports of a dog being trapped on the ice. When they arrived, the dog was barely visible and was a significant distance from shore, the volunteers said. A group of four firefighters from East Hampton ventured more than a quarter mile on the ice. They were attached to safety ropes attached to ground firefighters.

When he finally approached, the older German Shepherd was skittish, but was able to return safely to shore. The dog has been released to East Hampton Animal Control, and it is not yet reported if the dog has been returned to its owner.

Both incidents ended well and carried the same message: always be careful in freezing conditions and never hesitate to call 9-1-1 when there is a person or animal in danger.