A Labrador/Rottweiler mix, clinging to the ice approximately 40 feet in the Raritan River in Bridgewater N.J. was rescued due to the heroic efforts of North Branch Volunteer Fire Department and the Green Knoll Fire Company.
A report was called into the North Branch Volunteer Fire Department of a dog falling through the ice into the Raritan River and by the time rescuers arrive, witnesses reported that the dog had been in the water for about half an hour.
Luckily for this stranded dog, the North Branch firefighters are specially trained in swift water rescue and quickly deployed equipment to bring the dog to safety. Sliding a ladder onto the ice which was used to disperse their weight and safely tethered to land, the volunteers used a snare to pull the dog to safety.
After the rescue, the dog was transported to Animerge, an emergency veterinary hospital in Raritan Borough, for treatment for hyporthermia. Other than that, the dog was in good shape and although he wasn’t sporting a collar, he was microchipped so hopefully there will be a happy reunion when his owners are contacted!
Thanks go out to the heroic volunteers, firefighters and other responders who put their lives on the line for what too many people may thing was “just a dog” but what many of us know to be a beloved furry family member!