May 31, 2016


Firefighters save dog from icy Black River

ELYRIA — A German shepherd was saved from drowning in the Black River by firefighters Monday evening.

With fire Lt. Dave Knowlton rowing, firefighter Mike Wood pulled the dog into a Fire Department inflatable boat at 5:13 p.m.. A 4:37 p.m. call from a neighbor sent firefighters to an area behind 712 East Ave.

Fire Capt. Carl Mack said the dog was barking and howling when firefighters arrived but became lethargic as rescue the unfolded. He went underwater once and unsuccessfully attempted to get his paws up on the ice. The area water temperature was between 35 and 40 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

“When they pulled him out of the water, he definitely didn’t give them any issue,” Mack said. “He was definitely tired at that point and probably hypothermic and happy to be pulled out of the water.”

Mack said the dog’s owner wasn’t found and it was taken to the Lorain County Dog Kennel. Mack said the department’s water rescue team practices once per month and all department members practice about four times per year. Ice rescues are usually practiced in February.