Muskegon Heights, MI

Firefighter Rescues Trapped Dog

Herbie J Pilato
Photo byGood News Network/Alicia Rosa, Pound Buddies

According to journalist Andy Corbley and The Good News Network, "Patience, bribery, laughter, and a heck of a bicep muscle were all needed to rescue a helpless dog trapped after falling 10 feet into an ice-covered pool."

As Corbley continued to report, "The Michigan animal shelter Pound Buddies received several 'frantic' calls on March 7th about a dog trapped in the old water filtration pond."

"The pond was frozen over," Corbley noted, "...but with water clearly sloshing about over the ice, how long until the 60 lbs. husky plunged through was anyone’s guess.

"Pound Buddies called in the Muskegon Heights Fire Department, which arrived 'within minutes' to rescue the pup. Video footage shows the moment Lieutenant John Kriger climbs over the wall and gains the dog’s trust with a treat. Kriger remained with his hand out calling the dog by name for 3 minutes or so, whilst his comrades jeered about making 'no sudden movements.'”

"Finally," Corbley chronicled, "...the timid dog came in for more of Lieutenant Kriger’s scratches, allowing him to reach the dog’s collar. Displaying remarkable strength, he grabbed the not-entirely-cooperative pooch under his right arm and slowly climbed up the ladder and over the wall to safety.

"The pup was later checked out and found to be completely unharmed despite the 10ft fall into the pond. Pound Buddies shared clips of the incident to their Facebook page, describing why they called in “the big dogs” and the moment the animal was rescued."

“The logistics of getting the dog appeared a bit challenging at first, but then the BIG DOG was called in!” they wrote. “Once again, words don’t seem adequate for expressing the gratitude we have for these amazing firefighters and the Muskegon Heights Fire Department! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”

As Corbley noted, the entire unedited rescue video is available here on Yahoo! News.

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Herbie J Pilato is the author of several books about pop culture including RETRO ACTIVE TELEVISION, THE 12 BEST SECRETS OF CHRISTMAS, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, TWITCH UPON A STAR, GLAMOUR, GIDGETS AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, DASHING, DARING AND DEBONAIR, and NBC & ME: MY LIFE AS A PAGE IN A BOOK, among others. He's also a TV writer/producer, and has worked for Reelz, Bravo, E!, TLC, and hosted THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, the hit classic TV talk show (which premiered on Amazon Prime in 2019).

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