On the morning of December 11, 2017, Charlotte Fire and Rescue was dispatched to Guinea Rd. to rescue a dog that had fallen through the ice and was struggling to get out. Fire and Rescue was able to respond quickly as a crew was just clearing from a motor vehicle accident on Spear St. Two fire vehicles and an ambulance responded.

Upon arriving on the scene, crews were led to a pond in the rear of the residence and observed a medium-size dog struggling to stay afloat while clinging to the ice approximately 30 feet from the shore. Two members donned cold-water rescue suits, entered the water and proceeded to pull the dog to safety. The dog was uninjured and immediately warmed up.

Charlotte Fire would like to remind persons not to enter the water to rescue a pet. Instead call 911 and wait for a trained Fire and Rescue squad to respond. If you do attempt to rescue your pet while waiting, do so only from the shore.

We would also like to remind you that “no ice is safe ice.” Please do not go out on ice alone or even with some sort of flotation.