Dog Rescue Turns Deadly

A man who was trying to rescue one of his dogs from an icy lake drowned during the attempt. Both of the victim’s dogs were taken away by rescue workers. Officials say trying to rescue one’s own dog from a frozen lake after they have fallen through the ice is very dangerous. Though one could understand the strong emotional bonds between a dog owner and dog, and how difficult it would be to exercise restraint when a dog is in danger, but the average pet owner is not trained in emergency rescue. Only professional firefighters or other rescue personnel are knowledgeable in how to retrieve animals in such situations, and it is even dangerous for them.

A better strategy is to always keep dogs on a leash if one must walk them near a frozen lake, pond, stream or river. Otherwise, there is some chance they will wind up on the ice or falling in. The best option is to simply avoid walking dogs anywhere near deep, frozen water.

Recently a man walking with his dog was able to rescue it in a similar situation. The dog had fallen into icy water after walking on thin ice that broke. So he removed all of his clothes, except his underwear, and carefully crawled on the ice to his dog. He also fell through the ice into the water, but was somehow able to push the dog out of the water onto the ice and then get himself out also.

These kinds of stories are misleading, however, as they suggest anyone might be able to save his or her own dog, which is not the case. The man who rescued his own dog very likely was nothing more than extremely lucky to have survived. Another man who tried a similar rescue had to be saved by others.

Falling or jumping into cold water can cause the following reactions:

Cold shock
Heart attack
Cold water urticaria

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Marlene Dinkins
Marlene Dinkins3 years ago

very very sad. thnx for the article. i do love my dogs in will try to save them too. of course also depend the situation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kye J.
michelle l.3 years ago

No matter the possible risk to me I will always try evrything possible to rescue my pets and other animals

Kat Head
Katherine H.3 years ago

Sad news, but thanks for sharing! If your dog does fall in, how would you go about keeping him/her alive while you wait for rescue help?

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

WOW - I did not know falling or jumping into cold water could cause all that. Thanks for the information!!

Carrie Anne Brown

very sad news :( but thanks for sharing

Tana D.3 years ago

Very sad.

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.3 years ago

thanks for the advice

aj M.
aj E.3 years ago

sadly noted.

Sandi C.
Sandi C.3 years ago


New G.
New G.3 years ago

Thank you for the warning.