October 2, 2014

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Dog rescued after falling from break wall at Spitzer Marina

John Durinsky, Maya's owner, and Lorain Police officer Rick Broz give Maya some love just moments after she was pulled off the rocks by Lorain police and Lorain firefighters. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

John Durinsky, Maya’s owner, and Lorain Police officer Rick Broz give Maya some love just moments after she was pulled off the rocks by Lorain police and Lorain firefighters. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LORAIN – A dog rescued from the Lorain County APL 10 years ago was rescued for a second time on Friday.

A Lorain Firefighter gets some help out of the area where he had just rescued Maya, a 13-year-old Golden Retriever nix at Spitzer Marina in Lorain.

A Lorain Firefighter gets some help out of the area where he had just rescued Maya, a 13-year-old Golden Retriever nix at Spitzer Marina in Lorain.

John Durinsky, of Lorain, was walking his dog, Maya, along the break wall at Spitzer Marina around noon on Friday when Maya slipped and fell between the rocks.

He said Maya, a 13-year-old Golden Retriever mix who he rescued from the Lorain County APL 10 years ago, suffers from a medical condition that makes her unbalanced.

“She sees the world at a 45-degree angle,” he said. He said she was just sniffing around before she slid down the side of the break wall.

“The first thing I did was call 911 because I knew I wouldn’t be able to get her back up,” he said, adding that firefighters were quick to respond. “I heard sirens and they were here instantly.”

When police and firefighters arrived at the marina, they found Maya stuck on top of the ice.

Lorain Fire Captain Todd Kieswetter said one firefighter donned ice rescue equipment and climbed down to get the dog.

Lorain police and firefighters pull Maya back onto the walkway.

Lorain police and firefighters pull Maya back onto the walkway.

“She was pretty patient,” Durinsky said, of Maya while she was waiting to be rescued.

A firefighter used a dog-catching noose to pull Maya to safety with resistance but no injuries, Kieswetter said.

“She was freaking out while they were yanking on her trying to get her out,” Durinsky said.

Maya had ice cubes hanging from her rear, but otherwise wasn’t injured and firefighters left the scene 20 minutes later, according to Kieswetter.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

 


  • Razorback Twou

    This clown doesn’t know how to care for a dog! Takes her out on the ice when she has a “medical condition that makes her unbalanced”. He has a thinking condition that makes him unbalanced.

  • Denise Caruloff

    perhaps john if the poor girl has issues..not walking her where she can harm herself might be the better choice to make..i think it is awesome you adopted her..but don’t walk her where she can get hurt and you cant help her…glad it all ended well for her and yourself..:)

  • Frank Siegfried

    Good Job LFD!!

  • Shelley Miller

    God bless LFD for saving this sweethearts life :-)