James Vuona, Fire Chief
11 Church Road
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
For Immediate Release
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Shrewsbury Fire Department Rescues Dog from Retention Pond
SHREWSBURY — Chief James Vuona reports that the Shrewsbury Fire Department rescued a dog that was stuck in the mud of a retention pond earlier this week.
On Wednesday, Feb. 21, at approximately 8:12 a.m., Shrewsbury Firefighters were dispatched to the intersection of Holman Street and Tip Pond Road for a report of a dog trapped in the mud. The caller told firefighters that her dog had gotten away from her while out on a walk and got caught in the mud in the middle of a pond.
Upon arrival, crews observed the dog toward the center of a retention pond, which was partially covered by a thin layer of ice. A firefighter assigned to Engine 1 put on a Mustang Survival Suit, entered the water and was quickly able to free the dog.
“With the recent fluctuations in temperature, it’s important that residents do not attempt to walk out on any ice because it can be extremely dangerous regardless of the depth of the water,” Chief Vuona said. “This dog owner did the right thing by calling us instead of trying to free the dog herself. Given that students are on school vacation this week, we were also concerned that children passing by may have seen the dog and tried to help, thus putting themselves in danger.”
No injuries were reported.