Dog trembles with cold and fear as a firefighter staggers across the ice to save her
An adopted dog who had difficulty adjusting to her new home had a terrifying moment when she was stranded in the middle of a frozen river.
3-year-old labradoodle named Lucy was taken in by a family after a long stint at the shelter but it seems her mischievous and free spirit prompted her to run away from them.
The dog left the house without her owners noticing.
Although animals have a certain instinct in the face of danger that humans may not have, it seems that this characteristic failed her because her moment of fun could have ended in tragedy.
Lucy ran away from home and began exploring the neighborhood she lives in, which is located northeast of the Detroit River. At that moment the great mass of water was frozen and the dog began to play, until the cold structure broke.
Lucy ended up stranded in the river, scared and very cold.
It is not known exactly how long she was in this predicament, but luckily a neighbor spotted her in the distance and immediately called the emergency service. The city’s firefighters immediately responded to the call and rushed to the scene to save the dog.
When they arrived, Lucy was far from the shore , so it was necessary for the team to plan a maneuver to reach her.
These heroes knew that they had to act carefully and quickly, because the more time passed, the worse the danger.
The piece of ice on which the dog was sailing had separated more than 15 meters from the shore and the United States Coast Guard also had to intervene, as they were the most prepared team for an emergency like that.
The hero Derrek Azzopardi was the one who starred in the rescue, getting as close as he could to the dog and using a kind of pole to hold her and bring her to safety.
Despite the safety suit, this man was also exposed to the possibility of falling into the icy waters.
It was a time of anguish for everyone, except for Lucy’s family who had no way of knowing that the dog had ended up in the river.
They were innocent of the danger that the furry one was in and of the entire rescue operation that was put together that day to save her life.
Trembling from the cold and terror, the dog did not understand very well what was happening but she seems to have decided to trust that man who approached her.
Although unknown to her, Azzapardi was the only way out of this terror and Lucy decided to cooperate.
After a few failed attempts, the maneuver worked and this hero was able to reach the dog and take her alive to the mainland. Once out of the river, Lucy was bundled up in blankets and checked out by a vet.
At that moment the neighbor who had reported the animal in distress recognized that Lucy was a community dog and helped to contact the family.
Thanks to a whole wave of solidarity, this canine managed to return home. Although she had escaped from the place, there was no one else who would protect her better at that time than her new family.
Luckily, after that distressing episode, the furry one learned her lesson and is now less naughty.
Although Lucy enjoys going to the park, she learned not to leave the house alone, much less expose herself to this kind of danger. This little girl managed to get out of the predicament safe and sound, thanks to her neighbor and the team that participated in the rescue.
To everyone who makes these stories possible, thank you very much. Every animal in distress deserves our help, please do not leave them alone.
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