John Durinsky, of Lorain, was walking his dog Maya along the breakwall at Spitzer Marina about noon Friday when Maya slipped and fell between the rocks.
He said Maya, a 13-year-old golden retriever mix, 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 breakwall.
“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, they found Maya stuck on top of the ice.
Lorain fire Capt. Todd Kieswetter said one firefighter donned ice rescue equipment and climbed down to get the dog.
“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 haunches but wasn’t injured, and firefighters left the scene 20 minutes later, according to Kieswetter.