Dog Saved From Freezing Water

[caption id="attachment_28654" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Photo: Sandy Ferguson"][/caption]A cocker spaniel named Matt decided to frolic across a frozen duck pond in Kilmarnock, Scotland, but broke through the ice and became stuck.  The scene went from peaceful to nightmarish instantly, but thanks to a quick response from rescue crews, Matt was pulled to safety in time.
Stevie Logan, Kilmarnock Fire Brigade's station commander, in turn praised the quick actions of those who dialled 999 warning attempting a rescue themselves could have been fatal.

"The people in this case did exactly the right thing by phoning us, and not attempting to rescue it themselves. Too many people have drowned trying to rescue their dogs, and although it is a hard thing to do to stand by and watch the dog struggling, we do have the specialist knowledge and equipment to carry out a rescue."

Link (Daily Mail).

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I heard a good tip from my Mum.
A friends dog broke through some ice and became lost underneath in the murky water, far from the bank.
The friend smashed a hole near the bank and dangled the lead in, so it glinted in the light. The dog saw and recognized it's lead and swam toward it and so could be dragged out of the hole.

Ingenious and relatively safe
I hope this simple idea helps save another pooch one day.
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Wow, I went to Kilmarnock today!

Sorry, that was a really inane comment, but it's very rare that Scotland's mentioned in neatorama, and that's almost always big cities, and here a place is mentioned that I live half an hour away from!

Ahh, that made my day.

Glad the dog made it out alive.
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