Heroic Police Officer Saves Elderly Golden Retriever from Freezing in Icy Pond

The elderly dog had been there overnight and was on his last legs...

An elderly retriever who had fallen into an icy pond and nearly drowned was rescued by Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Larry Lavallee spotted the distressed dog one Thursday morning from his bathroom window overlooking the pond in Kippens, Western Newfoundland in Canada. He said he had first thought the thing stuck in the ice was “a box or something that blew onto the ice.” But when he looked out again, a brief time later he noticed the thing move, visited investigate and discovered it had been a dog! He immediately called the RCMP for help.

The dog had his head down on the pond ice and seemed as if he was nearly dead. As Larry tried to seek out a secure (thanks) to get to the dog’s side, police arrived. Const. Luckily, Constable Kris LeGresley found a path through the comb to urge to the dog and was ready to grab and pull the frozen dog out from the ice. Const. Kelsey Ford assisted in carrying the soaked dog back to their vehicle and taking him to the veterinary clinic.

The vet clinic said it's just as if the dog is going to be alright after his chilly ordeal. Const. Ford of the Bay St. George RCMP said the owners reported the dog missing after they returned home late Wednesday night. They went out checking out their dog, but couldn't find him. Fortunately, the retriever was returned home safely to his owners on an equivalent day he was rescued. After witnessing the rescue, Larry told the Western Star, “These are heroes of the community. Despite doing a really long shift they were very respectful and worked rather well together saving that dog’s life.”

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