Dog frozen into ice on lake is freed but faces uncertain future

Dog frozen into ice on lake is freed but faces uncertain future

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Dog frozen into ice on lake is freed but faces uncertain future

Firefighters in a hovercraft came upon an unusual and inexplicable scene while patrolling a frozen lake in Russia: a dog was frozen into the ice by its tail and hind legs.

The Zabaikalsk firefighters rescue squad had been looking for stranded people on Lake Kenon in the suburbs of the city of Chita when they spotted the trapped pouch and saved it from certain death, according to The Siberian Times report on Monday.

“Rescuers spotted a dog lying in one place for a long time,” a spokesman explained to The Siberian Times. “When they got close, they saw that both its hind legs and tail were frozen into the ice.

“There was no way it could get out by itself.”

They rescued the dog by chiseling away the ice around it. Then they took it to shore where they warmed and fed the canine, believed to be a Moscow Watchdog—a breed of dog in Russia that crosses St. Bernard, Caucasian Shepherd and Russian Spotted Hound breeds.

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The dog could have been abandoned, The Siberian Times reported, adding that “no owner came to collect the animal, so the dog was allowed to go on its way.”

As one commenter on the Times’ Facebook page said, “Well done, but couldn’t someone just adopt him?”

Good question, especially considering overnight temperatures in the region are ranging between 14 and 28 degrees Fahrenheit.

Photo is courtesy of the Zabaikalsk firefighters rescue squad.

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