Watch As Frightened Labrador Is Rescued From Floating Ice In Freezing North Dakota River

Stories about pets and thin ice do not often make for happy endings. Thankfully, this one had help.

While out for a morning walk near the Sheyenne River in Horace, North Dakota, a woman saw a dog in danger. The chocolate Lab, later identified as Lola, was stranded on an ice float that had broken free.

The woman called 9-1-1 and explained the situation to first responders from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and West Fargo Fire Department, who quickly went into action.

Firefighters from West Fargo responded to the emergency.

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Firefighters from West Fargo responded to the emergency.

Two West Fargo firefighters soon arrived on the scene and put on their water suits, People reports.

In a water suit, one firefighter nears the ice.

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In a water suit, one firefighter nears the ice.

“The dog was pretty much in the dead middle of the river. I’d say it was approximately 30 feet from the shoreline. 20 to 30 feet,” Cass County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Craig Keller told KVRR.

The firefighter lays on the ice to distribute his weight and avoid cracking it further.

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The firefighter lays on the ice to distribute his weight and avoid cracking it further.

One of the firefighters carefully made his way to the chunk of ice Lola was standing on. He secured her in his arms while the other firefighter helped pull them back to shore.

The firefighter holds Lola in his arms as the other firefighter pulls them to shore.

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One firefighter holds Lola in his arms as the other firefighter pulls them to shore.

The 9-1-1 call was placed at 8:54 a.m. the rescue concluded successfully by 9:30 a.m. It took the firefighters about 20 minutes to bring Lola to shore.

“At the time, the owner was not known. One of our other deputies was able to find a phone number on the collar on the dog,” Deputy Keller said. “The owner was quite grateful. The dog seemed to be happy to be back with its owner as well.”

It took about 20 minutes to rescue Lola from the ice.

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It took about 20 minutes to rescue Lola from the ice.

“Through investigation, it appears the dog defeated the security measures put in place to secure the dog on its’ property,” the Cass County Sheriff’s Office – Fargo, ND posted to Facebook.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office and West Fargo Fire Department worked together in the rescue..

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The Cass County Sheriff’s Office and West Fargo Fire Department worked together in the rescue..

“Obviously we do have the ordinances in Cass County as far as leash laws and animals running wild so we talked the owner about that and made sure he’s aware of those,” Deputy Keller said.

See the rescue in the video below.

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