On April 21, 2014, Edmonton’s fire department rescued a Lab-Rotwieller mix dog that had been stranded on an ice floe from a man-made lake near 59 Street and 159 Avenue, in Edmonton, Canada. It took 20 firefighters and six hours to bring the pet to safety, but thankfully the dog is safe and has been reunited with his family.
Canoe.ca reports that a distress call regarding two stranded pets on the ice floe came in around 6:00 a.m., and five different rescue units were dispatched to the scene. When rescuers arrived, only one dog was spotted on the ice. After many attempts, the dog was successfully coaxed off the ice and brought to safety.
Animal Care and Control Veterinary technician Amy Buijze was present and she transported the exhausted dog back to animal control. A day later the dog was reunited with his owners thanks to the license tag the pet was wearing. A $25 fee was charged for the safe kenneling of the pet at the facility.
As for the outcome of the second dog reported out on the ice, and also belonging to the same family, rescuers cannot confirm its whereabouts. We hope the second canine did not perish in the frozen lake.