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Firefighters say 'stay off ponds' after huskies fell through ice

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Firefighters are warning residents to stay off ponds and lakes after two huskies fell through the ice recently (WFSB) Firefighters are warning residents to stay off ponds and lakes after two huskies fell through the ice recently (WFSB)
GUILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Firefighters are warning people all over Connecticut to stay off ice covered ponds and lakes.

While the weather is cold outside, it’s not cold enough in most areas to skate or fish.

The ice on a pond in Guilford wasn't even sturdy enough to keep two dogs from falling through it earlier this week. Eyewitness News heard from a rescuer who helped save them. 

Around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, there was trouble at Guilford's Mill Pond.

“The passerby said it sounded like a female voice yelling help,” Guilford Fire Capt. Mike Walston said.

It wasn't a woman, but instead it was two huskies who had gotten loose and ventured onto the thin ice of Mill Pond.

Firefighters think that the dogs were walking across the pond and were about 30 feet off shore, when they fell in.

Walston was part of an eight man crew who responded. Another fireman put on a survival suit, and carefully inched his way to the dogs.

“He went out to the first dog arrived to it and grabbed it by the collar and we were able to pull him back in on the rope,” Walston said.  “Got him to shore then he went after the second dog.”

The second dog had to be carried. Both were in shock and animal control officer Danielle Borrelli said she feared for their health.

“Obviously hypothermia we kept the van running tried to get them warm as soon as possible, rushed them right to the vet," Borrelli said.

The animals were later reunited with their owners.

Firefighters warn people to keep an eye on their dogs and for everyone to stay off of the ice.

“This has been a strange winter as we all know the warm temperatures,” Walston said. “By February we have a lot of people out skating and you really have to use caution."

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