Boston firefighters pulled a dog from Jamaica Pond after it fell through thin ice there Thursday.
The call that sent firefighters scrambling to the pond came in shortly before noon.
“The initial call said there was a person in the water,” said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steven MacDonald.
When rescuers arrived, however, it was clear that it was a dog that had slipped through the ice, said MacDonald.
The owner had been walking with the pet when it got away from him, scrambled onto the ice, and broke through, he said.
A firefighter put on safety gear and ventured into the water to save the dog.
“When we heard there was a person in the water, we had one of our guys put on a survival suit so when we got there, we were all ready to go,” said MacDonald.
The dog was quickly reunited with its owner.
“The whole thing lasted maybe five minutes when we got there,” said MacDonald.
MacDonald did not know whether the owner sought medical attention for the dog, but MacDonald thought the animal looked “fine” when the firefighters left.
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