Ice Rescue of Family Dog “Maggie”

Boone County Fire District Performs Ice Rescue of Family Dog “Maggie”

The Boone County Fire Protection District was dispatched this morning to 7202 E Highway HH at 7:07 a.m. to a reported dog that had fallen through the ice on a pond. The 911 caller stated that the dog had fallen through the ice and could not get out of the water and was struggling to keep its head above water.

Firefighters arrived on scene at 7:24 a.m. and found a 70-pound Labradoodle about 75 feet from the shore and the owner in a flat bottom boat attempting to make his way out to the dog. A firefighter immediately donned the ice rescue suit and quickly made their way out to the dog at 7:29 a.m. and secured the dog above the water. A second rescuer then entered the water and assisted with getting the dog up onto the ice shelf where firefighters on the bank were then able to pull the dog and rescuers to shore using a rope at 7:39 a.m. The owner of the dog, a veterinarian, immediately took the dog inside for a warm shower and to evaluate the pet.

We spoke with the 911 caller early this afternoon and she stated that the dog appeared to be fine and was “acting normal like nothing ever happened.”

The Boone County Fire Protection District would like to remind residents to stay off the ice and to try avoid their pets from venturing onto it as well. Ice in mid Missouri is rarely if ever safe to walk on and posses a significant threat to people and animals that may fall through. If someone or an animal is stuck in the ice, call 911 immediately. Never attempt a rescue as most would be rescuers become victims themselves. Call 911 and let your local fire department handle the situation.