A pet owner from Whitewater Township, Ohio, may finally breathe a sigh of relief after firemen rescued her two dogs from her neighbor’s frozen pond.
Two of Kimberly Payne’s dogs, Bruno and Mavis, lived at her mother’s house last week when the dogs ran away from home due to a broken door latch.
A neighbor discovered dogs attempting to swim in a nearby frozen pond and immediately knocked on Payne’s door.
Payne rushed to the pond and saw Bruno, the poodle, in very bad condition. He was exhausted from trying to stay afloat and continued to sink back under the water.
Payne called 911 and kept calling for her dogs. She wanted to save them herself, and she was trying to figure out how to get to the middle of the ice to get them to safety. She thought about using a hammer and an inflatable tube but knew that trying to do it herself was not a good idea.
Fortunately, the firemen finally arrived 20 minutes later and were able to rescue the dogs in just eight minutes.
If the firemen hadn’t gotten there in time, Bruno probably wouldn’t have survived.
“He was on his last legs, so they saved his life,” Payne’s mother, Beverly, told Local 12.
They brought the dogs to a local vet, where it took Bruno two hours before he could walk again.
“Thank you for the bravery to go step on that ice ‘cause I know I was scared to, so thank you for your bravery,” Kimberly said.
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