First responders rescue dog stranded on chunk of ice on North Dakota river

First responders rescue dog stranded on chunk of ice on North Dakota river
A chocolate Labrador was rescued after it somehow became stuck on a chunk of ice in the middle of a North Dakota river. (Cass County Sheriff's Office/Cass County Sheriff's Office)

HORACE, N.D. — A chocolate Labrador was rescued after it somehow became stuck on a chunk of ice in the middle of a North Dakota river.

A woman walking near the Sheyanne River noticed Lola, a chocolate Labrador, stranded on the ice about 30 feet from shore and called 911, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office said.

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“(The caller) was fortunately in the right place at the right time,” investigators said.

Two volunteer firefighters donned water suits and ventured into the frigid water to retrieve Lola, KFGO reported. About 20 minutes later, Lola was safely on shore. She warmed up in a deputy’s patrol vehicle while they worked to reunite her with her owner.

“The owner was quite grateful. The dog seemed to be happy to be back with its owner as well,” deputy Craig Keller told KVRR. “Obviously we do have the ordinances in Cass County as far as leash laws and animals running wild so we talked (to) the owner about that and made sure he’s aware of those.”

First Responders Rescue Stranded Dog on a Chunk of Ice in the River

Shortly before 9:30 a.m. this morning, the Cass County Sheriffs Office and West Fargo Fire Department brought a scary situation for one pet owner to a successful conclusion after rescuing a dog that entered the river and ultimately got stranded on a chunk of ice. The incident was reported around 8:54 a.m. Deputies advised the caller, who was not the dog owner, was fortunately in the right place at the right time and observed the situation unfold prompting a call to law enforcement and fire personnel. Through investigation, it appears the dog defeated the security measures put in place to secure the dog on its’ property.

Posted by Cass County Sheriff's Office - Fargo, ND on Wednesday, December 2, 2020