Firefighters rescue stranded dog

Eric McCarthy
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TIGNISH -- Two members of the Tignish Fire Department donned ice rescue suits Saturday afternoon and crept out onto the ice of Arsenault’s Pond to rescue a dog that had fallen through.

“She was happy to get rescued,” said Mill Road resident Roland Paynter who had contacted the fire department about a dog in trouble. He had heard a dog but thought nothing of it the first time. When he heard her again he went to the pond to investigate. When his efforts to coax the dog across the pond proved unsuccessful, he alerted the fire department.

“The fire department had all the rigging and they knew what they were doing,” he said of the way the rescue played out.

Fire chief Harley Perry said the rescuers had quite a hike through fields to get to the pond, bringing their rescue gear with them. The two firefighters fell through as they got near open water, about 25 meters from shore, said Perry. He noted the firefighters were attached to rope lines. He estimated the water at that location was about three feet deep. The two year-old German Shepherd-Rottweiler mix was able to stand in the water and rest her head on the ice but was unable to climb up and out. The dog had been barking earlier but was not making much sound by the time the rescuers got near her.

Paynter estimates about two hours passed from the time he first heard the dog until the rescue was completed.

Perry indicated the actual rescue, once the firefighters got in the water, was completed within two minutes.

“She was pretty happy to get out,” Perry said, noting she ran around a while before accepting a ride back to the fire hall in the rescue truck.

"I thanked them alot for saving her," said owner, Francis Fennessey. He said he had driven up and down the roads three or four times frantically calling for her after discovering Bailey had gotten out of her collar.

He called his sister to be on the lookout for Bailey. She soon learned that the fire department had been called to carry out a dog rescue and relayed the news to Fennessey.

He wasted no time getting there, still not knowing whether the rescue was a success. Not only was it a success but the firefighters had her all toweled off and were feeding her chips and Cheesies. She has shown no distress from her time in the water, he said.

Geographic location: Mill Road

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  • Evelyn Bernard
    January 21, 2014 - 18:48

    they r true heroes in so many ways, many thx for the so many things they do for our community.

  • Nancy M Doucette
    January 21, 2014 - 10:03

    Bless Our Firemen near & far Always so willing to help others - this time our Best Friends with 4 Paws... Nancy

  • leroy perry
    January 21, 2014 - 09:57

    animals are every bit important as humansvery good job firemen keep up the excellent work