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Tables turn on rescue dog

March 08, 2009|Times Wire Reports

There was a rescue involving a St. Bernard in Billings, Mont., but this time it was the humans who saved the day.

A 16-month-old St. Bernard named Duke apparently fell through the ice on a pond at a golf course after escaping from his yard. He was able to pull himself out, only to become frozen to the ice.

A maintenance worker saw the dog and got help. Two firefighters in dry suits pushed an ice rescue sled over about 10 feet of hip-deep water and 10 feet of ice to reach the shivering, 118-pound dog.

The firefighters broke the ice around Duke's tail with a mallet before hauling him back to shore. Duke was de-iced and warmed up under a blow dryer at a veterinary clinic.

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