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Keep Pets Away From Ice-covered Water

​The City of Lethbridge, Fire & Emergency Services is reminding to residents to keep their pets on a leash when walking near the Oldman River or other ice-covered water after an unsuccessful attempt to rescue a dog who fell through the ice in the river valley on January 3, 2017.

The dog ran after ducks and geese on the river.  The dog went under the ice and was recovered a short distance down the river in an open section of water.  Crews attempted resuscitation but were unsuccessful in reviving the dog. Thankfully the owners did not attempt to rescue the dog on their own.

"Situations like this are very disheartening and we feel for the owners who have lost their family pet," says Deputy Chief Dana Terry.  "This unfortunate incident illustrates the dangers that ice on moving water can present and the importance of public awareness to ensure safety."

Pets are not aware of the hidden danger of falling through the ice.  If your pet gets loose on the ice, coax it back to shore - do not go after it. If your pet does fall through the ice call 911 immediately. Do not attempt to rescue your pet yourself. The fire department will respond with ice rescue equipment and attempt to rescue your pet.

For more ice safety information click here.

Media contact: 
Dana Terry
Deputy Chief
Fire & Emergency Services