By Alan Shope, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -
If Jack were a cat, he would have used one of his nine lives Thursday.
But the 2-year-old collie is back on dry land thanks to Overland Park police and firefighters.
This is the second time in a week that first responders have saved a dog who ventured onto an icy body of water only to plunge through thin ice.
"No ice is safe ice and when you're standing on the shore or bank of a body of water it's impossible to tell the thickness of the ice," Overland Park Fire Department firefighter Todd Miller said. "The undercurrent could make the ice thin in some areas. The water temperatures could be different. There is no way to tell how thick the ice is so best to just stay off."
Connor Royston said he let Jack out just like he does every morning. Jack followed his normal path toward the creek.
"He goes down there a lot and plays in the creek," Royston said.
But the ice began to give way as Jack was walking across. He fell through and got stuck. Only his head and front paws were sticking out, and he couldn't push his way to shore.
After hearing Jack's yelping, Royston ran to the creek where he saw his shivering dog fighting to survive. He called for help and they came in the form of Overland Park police officers and firefighters.
And now Jack and his owners are grateful to them for saving him, and hoping others will learn to avoid ice.
If your pet is stranded, call 911. Don't try to rescue them from an icy body of water yourself.
KCK firefighters and a good Samaritan rescued a 16-year-old lab last week. Click here to read Chloe's story and see pictures and raw video of the rescue.
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