Firefighters Save Dog in Ice Rescue

By LeAnne Gendreau
|  Thursday, Feb 28, 2013  |  Updated 9:23 AM EDT
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Firefighters Rescue Dog from Icy Plunge

Firefighters rescued this dog from the ice of a pond in Westport.

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A dog named Huckleberry is safe and back with his owner after a scary plunge into a freezing cold pond in Westport on Wednesday. 

The Westport Fire Department pulled Huckleberry to safety after he went through the ice of on the pond behind 18 Hales Road just before 10:30 a.m.

After receiving a 911 call, firefighters jumped into cold water gear, tethered a rope to shore and went in to get the dog.

An animal control officer took Huckleberry to a veterinarian, where he was treated. Huckleberry is now back with his owner.  

Officials said this was a successful rescue because someone immediately called 911 and did not attempt to rescue the dog. 

The fire department warns never to walk on ice unless you are absolutely sure it is safe. 

If you see a person or animal that has fallen through the ice, immediately call 911. 

Officials said 67 percent of people would attempt to make rescuers become victims themselves. 

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