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A Michigan police officer is to thank for saving the life of a dog he found desperately clinging to a chunk of ice in the freezing waters of Mona Lake last night. Now, police and rescuers are searching for the found dog’s owners.
Responding to reports of a barking dog in Norton Shores, Michigan around 11:30pm last night, a Norton Shores Police Officer found the dog, described as a Lab/Golden mix that appears to have been well cared for, with only it’s head and paws above the frigid water, clutching onto a sheet of ice about 3 feet away from a dock at the lake’s north shore, under a resident’s boat lift. In all, police estimate the dog had been in the water for close to an hour.
The officer that responded to the call found the unknown dog and managed to pull it to safety.
“I was able to reach the dog’s green collar with my fingertips after lying out on my stomach. After sliding the dog along the ice to the dock, I attempted to assist it onto the ice. The dog had no energy to help work its way out of the water. It was too heavy for me to simply lift out,” the officer explained in his police report.
Unable to pull the dog to safety by its collar, the officer then reached into the freezing water and wrapped his arm around the dog.
“The low lying dock allowed me to then roll away while holding onto the dog, lifting it out of the water and on top of me,” he said.
He carried the dog to shore where several neighbors offered jackets and blankets to wrap and dry the dog. Another officer on scene turned the heater in his cruiser onto full blast and allowed to pup to warm up on the backseat.
“Upon placing the dog into my cruiser’s backseat, it still had no energy to move,” the officer wrote in the report.
Police called rescuers from Pound Buddies, a local rescue organization, to the scene. After warming up, the dog began to show signs of improvement.
No one at the scene recognized the dog and it wasn’t wearing any ID tags on the dark green collar. However, police say it appears to be a Golden/Lab mix that is well fed and fairly old. Reports did not indicate whether the dog was male or female. The rescuer from Pound Buddies agreed to care for the dog until an owner is found.
Anyone that recognizes the dog, or has any information is asked to contact the Norton Shores Police Department at (231 )733-2691.