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Missing Dog Found in Frozen Pond Rescued by Firefighters

Missing Dog Found in Frozen Pond Rescued by Firefighters

After six days on the run, Teddy, an 18-month-old Bernese Mountain Dog, fell through thin ice on Sunday in an accident that almost took his life. The dog, who clearly borrows the nine lives of a cat and the bulky body of a small bear, is now recovering from his ordeal as an entire town breaths a sigh of relief.

It all began about a week ago when the newly adopted Teddy bolted past his ‘mom’ as she was taking her young child out of the car. Teddy took off like a shot, beginning a search that would capture the interest of the entire city.

“You wouldn’t believe how many phone calls we had about Teddy,” explained Alison, a representative from Maggie’s Food for Pets, a shop that displayed Teddy’s missing posters with the hopes of turning up leads. “So many people have been worried and calling in to see if he’s been found yet.”

Officer Jim Bartlett of the West Boylston Police Department was involved in the search for Teddy.

“His owner had been calling here three times a day,” Officer Bartlett explained. “There were several sightings of Teddy. We’d get glimpses of him but when we’d call to him he would run the other way.”

But on Sunday, a local ice skater headed down to a pond and was startled to see that a large animal had fallen through the ice.

“Some guy went down to the brook to go skating. He thought it was a bear out there,” Officer Bartlett said. “I recognized him from his poster. It was Teddy.”

“All the credit goes to the West Boylston Fire Department for saving his life,” said Officer Bartlett, who caught those incredible moments on camera.

Indeed the West Boylston Fire Department, who trains for rescues like these, immediately went to work, making the mission look deceptively easy.  Watch this video of Teddy’s rescue from the pond.

Teddy’s guardian, Mark Lange, reports that Teddy is doing well despite losing a little weight. Teddy was treated at the Tufts University Foster Hospital for Small Animals.

“Thanks to all of you who helped my family this past week, especially today,” Mark said in a note on the Granite State Dog Recovery Facebook page. “Once he warms up, we’ll have an idea if he has any issues, but for now he seems to be doing great.”

Thanks to the West Boylston Fire Department for risking their own lives to save Teddy.

Every year pet owners and good Samaritans die in attempts to rescue animals or people who have fallen through the ice. Victims have been known to succumb to hypothermia in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. The first course of action is always to call emergency personnel.

Brought to you by the Harmony Fund international animal rescue charity.

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8:04AM PDT on May 26, 2014

Thank you for saving this dog!

5:39AM PST on Nov 12, 2013

Ownership comes with responsibility, this owner obviously didn't read the fine print.

That a whole town got behind this rescue is amazing in this day and age of self ... there is still hope for a better world.

4:19AM PST on Nov 12, 2013


11:31AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

My question is why did the dog "bolt" in the first place. Hopefully his family really does care about him and is treating him well. Kudos to the person who spotted him and the awesome firefighters who rescued him. You are heroes!

3:23AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Hope there're no more dogs under cruelty

8:21AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

What an amazing rescue! Thank you to everyone involved in his rescue.

1:27PM PST on Feb 17, 2013

great ending, thanks for sharing :)

11:29PM PST on Feb 16, 2013

Great to see people caring for Teddy, a "well done" to the rescue crew for risking their lives for man's best friend.

8:19AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Thank you!!

5:44PM PST on Feb 12, 2013

Thank you for saving Teddy!

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