UPDATE: 11/27 10:22 a.m.
The Rochester Fire Department has received an award from PETA after rescuing the dog that fell through the ice on Cascade Lake.
PETA is giving RFD a “Compassionate Fire Department Award.” The organization says the firefighters were brave, and swift by arriving within minutes to save the dog. PETA also hopes this will inspire others to look out for animals in need.
Rochester Fire will receive a framed certificate and a box of vegan cookies from PETA.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – A close call for a family pet Saturday morning.
The Rochester Fire Department responded to a call about a stranded dog on Cascade Lake about 11:45 a.m.
The dog had fallen through the ice, nearly 50 feet from shore. Crews were about to secure the dog and bring it safely back to shore. The animal spent about 10 minutes in the water. No injuries were reported other than fatigue.
Officials want to remind folks that ice is never 100 percent safe.
“Ice condition in our area are very dangerous currently. Ice thickness is insufficient for even foot travel,” the RFD press release read. “The owners of this pet were very wise to call early and for not attempting to cross the ice themselves.”
Ice should be at least four inches thick to travel on safely.
For more information on ice safety and guidelines for ice thickness, click here.