Rescue of dog from river ends happily
Mark Stephen said his dog Drake escaped from his fenced backyard on New Year’s Eve, apparently opening a latch on a gate that hadn’t been fully closed.
Stephen looked for the four-year-old dog, but was unable to find him.
Later that afternoon, the Elyria Fire Department received a call about a dog seen struggling in the river, according to the Chronicle-Telegram.
The dog was howling when firefighters arrived, and growing weak. He went underwater, then resurfaced and tried to climb up on the ice. Using an inflatable boat, firefighters rowed out and pulled him in.
“When they pulled him out of the water, he definitely didn’t give them any issue,” Fire Capt. Carl Mack said. “He was definitely tired at that point and probably hypothermic, and happy to be pulled out of the water.”
On New Year’s day, a friend called Stephen and told him to turn on his television. On the news, there was a story about the dog’s rescue. Stephen went to the Lorain County Dog Kennel when it reopened Wednesday and reclaimed his dog.
(Photo: Bruce Bishop / Chronicle-Telegram)