Fire department rescues dog trapped under ice |

Fire department rescues dog trapped under ice

Firefighters rescued a Labrador retriever trapped beneath the ice on a frozen lagoon in the Tahoe Keys Friday night.

Shortly before 7 p.m. the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department was contacted and told a child had fallen through the ice near the 2000 block of Texas Avenue. Fearing a young ice skater was in danger, firefighters hurried to the scene to find it was a dog that was in need of rescue.

They wasted no time in climbing onto a long board, known as a Hamottra Board, which they pushed onto the ice, and pulling the dog from the cold water.

“The neat thing about it is that we were able to take some of our rescue equipment and put it to good use,” said Brad Piazzo of the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department. “You never know how (a dog) will react, but I guess this little guy was more than happy to get on that thing and just sit.”

The fire department was unable to get any information from the pet’s owner, who wanted to drive the dog home, and began walking home to get his car. The dog, however, couldn’t wait and decided to run after the owner.

“It happily followed him all the way home,” Piazzo said.

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