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Dogs in Frozen Peril: 4 Amazing River Rescues by Heroes Who Cared

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3.  Chief Deputy Dog Warden Saves German Shepherd Trapped on Frozen Black River

Buddy the German Shepherd somehow got himself stuck on the ice on the Black River in Elyria, Ohio, on Jan. 6, 2014. He got down a 100-foot embankment but then couldn’t get himself back up it again. The poor dog paced helplessly back and forth on the ice for two hours in frigid two-degree weather. Finally, someone noticed him and called Nelson Delgado, the Lorain County Chief Deputy Dog Warden.

The ice was too thin to support Delgado, so he used a trick he’s employed before – he leaned out over the ice, hanging onto a tree, and used a leash like a lasso. He then pulled Buddy to safety. Watch the rescue here:

Delgado is sure Buddy was grateful. Safely at home again, Buddy licked Delgado’s hand as he left.

“He was like saying, ‘Hey, thank you,’” Delgado told the ChronicleOnline. “He was very happy to be back home.”

4. Rescuers Use Axes to Chop Puppy Out of Frozen Canadian River

What do you do when you find a Great Pyrenees puppy literally frozen to the North Saskatchewan River? If you’re the firefighters of Edmonton, in the Canadian province of Alberta, you break out your axes and start chopping.

Little Roscoe disappeared from his home on Dec. 29, 2013, and was gone overnight. Somehow he found his way to the river and ended up stuck there, quite literally. The river is bounded by steep embankments, which probably kept Roscoe from climbing out.

“His lower extremities were frozen into the river,” Roscoe’s owner, Dave Baird, told CTV News. “We suspect he was probably in the water 24 hours.”

Luckily, as a Great Pyrenees, Roscoe had a lot of dense fur to protect him. Without it, he almost certainly would have died.

Roscoe the puppy is rescued from river

Photo credit: CTV News

The difficult terrain around the river made getting to Roscoe a challenge for firefighers. They persevered, however, and chopped him free from his icy prison. See raw footage of some of this rescue at this link.

“The vet said that when he [arrived] he had a block of ice on his tail the size of a gas can,” Baird said. Roscoe may end up losing that tail, according to reports, but otherwise he’ll be fine.

“Roscoe is by far, he’s the toughest dog I know,” Baird told CBC News. “He’s unbelievable. If it would have been any other dog they never would have survived it.”

Hats off to all these courageous rescuers. They didn’t let fears for personal safety interfere with their determination to save these dogs. These good-hearted people were the only thing standing between salvation and death. We can thank them for happy endings all around. Who can ask for more?

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8:47PM PST on Jan 18, 2015

thanks for sharing :)

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12:58PM PST on Feb 27, 2014

Thanks to those 2 héroes, you deserve a medal !!!!!!!!!!

9:58AM PST on Feb 27, 2014

A big thank you to those wonderful people. I just hope that they know they are not alone in doing things like this!!!

8:25AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Thanks, those men are heroes! We need more like them.

11:30AM PST on Feb 25, 2014

Thank you

8:51AM PST on Feb 22, 2014

Thank you

1:34PM PST on Feb 21, 2014

God bless you one and all!!!

8:01AM PST on Feb 21, 2014

These men are Angels..

4:34AM PST on Feb 21, 2014

thank you

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