Dunrobin firefighters rescue dogs from ice shelf

DUNROBIN SHORES – Dunrobin firefighters were called in to action yesterday (April 6) rescuing two family pets trapped on an ice shelf.

“Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) received a 911 call reporting two pet Husky dogs about 30 meters out on an ice shelf,” OFS information officer Jen McNeely released in a statement yesterday.

The rescue, performed by volunteer firefighters from OFS Station 66, took place in the Carp Hills near Stonecrest Road and Thomas A. Dolan Parkway.

“The dogs would not return to the shore, so fire fighters launched a Fortuna boat,” McNeely said. “Firefighters successfully brought the dogs aboard and returned them to their owners who were waiting on shore. There are no reported injuries at this time.”

The OFS recommends being aware when near water during the spring thaw.

“The thaw and freeze cycles we have experienced in the last week makes the ice unsafe,” McNeely said. “Please do not venture onto the ice. Please ensure you monitor the activity of your children and pets near waterways. Please ensure that your pets are on a leash near waterways.”