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Dog's curiosity leads to icy water rescue in Dickinson

The Dickinson Fire Department responded to a report Monday morning of an Alaskan Husky that had fallen through the ice on Heart River near the 800 block of Broadway. With the help of Dickinson Fire Department and Dickinson Rural Fire Department, Jack was safely rescued and returned back to his owner.

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Two Dickinson firefighters warm up an Alaskan Husky with a blanket after they had rescued the dog after it had fallen through ice on Heart River Monday morning. (Photo courtesy of Dickinson Fire Department)

DICKINSON, N.D. — Jack the Alaskan Husky was having a typical Monday morning, walking with his dog friends and his owner.

But Jack wandered off and was intrigued by Heart River. Little did he know that the ice on the river was not thick enough to sneak across, causing him to fall through. However, with the swift action from Dickinson Fire Department, Jack was safely rescued and suffered no serious injuries.

The Dickinson Fire Department responded to a call just before 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16, from someone who was walking their dogs and saw an Alaskan Husky near the Dickinson Waste Water Treatment Plant in the river, struggling to get out of the water, fire Chief Jeremy Presnell said. When authorities arrived at the scene, they noticed that the dog had broken through ice approximately 30 feet from shore.

“(The dog) was really struggling trying to get out. It had kind of hit the thicker ice and was unable to break through. So we laid a ladder out across the ice and were able to get the dog onto the ladder and got it out,” Presnell said.

Within 10 minutes, fire personnel had the dog secure so he wouldn’t plunge under the water. To finally get the dog onto the ladder without him falling back into the water, it took six Dickinson firefighters along with a couple firefighters from the Dickinson Rural Fire Department an additional 10 to 15 minutes to retrieve the dog.

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Following the successful and safe rescue, the Dickinson Fire Department warmed the dog up with a blanket and brought him inside the lobby of the Dickinson Waste Water Treatment Plant. And Jack was reunited with his owner.

Even to rescue a four-legged animal, the Dickinson Fire Department was pleased to jump on the 911 call.

“It’s somebody’s family member, so it feels good. We treat it pretty much the same as we would a person that fell through the ice,” he said.

With the water temperatures decreasing, Presnell would like to encourage people to look out for one another and their animals.

“(I’d like to) remind people just to be careful around any body of water right now. It’s cold, ice isn’t thick enough to be on,” he said, adding, “And if somebody does find themselves in a situation where they see an animal out on the ice or an animal that’s fallen through, don’t go after them. Just try to call them back to shore and if they fall in, call for help.”

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Jack the Alaskan Husky cherishes the warm company of the Dickinson Fire Department personnel after they had rescued him Monday morning on Heart River. The dog had fallen through ice on the river, approximately 30 feet from shore, but the Dickinson Fire Department along with the assistance from the Dickinson Rural Fire Department were able to safely retrieve the dog. (Photo courtesy of Dickinson Fire Department)

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Jack the Alaskan Husky cherishes the warm company of the Dickinson Fire Department personnel after they had rescued him Monday morning on Heart River. The dog had fallen through ice on the river, approximately 30 feet from shore, but the Dickinson Fire Department along with the assistance from the Dickinson Rural Fire Department were able to safely retrieve the dog. (Photo courtesy of Dickinson Fire Department)

Jackie Jahfetson is a former reporter for The Dickinson Press.
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