(NECN: Kathryn Sotnik, Bourne, Mass.) - A dog who fell through the ice on Queen Sewell Pond in Bourne, Mass. is safe and sound after she was rescued by a firefighter.
Lt. Dana Dupuis, with the help of other firefighters, put on an exposure suit and braved the frigid and icy waters Wednesday afternoon.
The call came in around 12:30 pm.
Dupuis grasped hold of "Ruby," who ventured out onto the pond directly across from her owner's home.
"I heard this animal howling," said neighbor Ann Bruni.
Bruni said she immediately shouted for another neighbor who then called 911.
"He was struggling to get out and he was stuck because he had broken through the ice," she said. "Every time he climbed up on the piece of ice next to him, he'd slide right off."
"He was in the water, front paws on the ice, holding his head above the water," said Lt. Dupuis. "I had worked out just like we're supposed to do, we just hooked the rope on, climb out, grab the dog."
When Ruby was finally rescued, firefighters say the owner thanked them.
Ruby was brought to a Bourne animal hospital to get checked out. The animal hospital says she was released.
Firefighters say Ruby was just as happy when she got out of the cold water as when she went in.