EASTON — Chief Kevin Partridge reports that members of the Easton Fire Department responded to Shovelshop Pond Wednesday morning to search for a dog that reportedly fell through the ice.
Firefighters were unable to locate the dog and there were a set of animal tracks leading away from the ice.
At approximately 10:35 a.m., Easton Fire received a call from a person who was passing by Shovelshop Pond, on Pond Street, who reported that they saw a dog on the ice and that the dog had fallen through the ice into the water.
Firefighters responded with their ice rescue equipment, including an ice rescue sled and survival suits. Upon arrival, they observed a set of animal tracks leading toward a hole in the ice and another set of tracks leading away from the hole and off of the pond.
Firefighters searched the area but did not find the dog. Tracks leading away from the hole in the ice led firefighters to believe that the dog possibly fell into the water and then got itself out and walked off of the ice. Firefighters followed the tracks until they reached the thick brush near the edge of the pond.
Chief Partridge would like to remind residents to never let their dogs outside without a leash and to be extremely careful around frozen bodies of water. For cold weather and ice safety tips, click here.
“We’re hopeful that this dog made it away from the ice safely,” Chief Partridge said. “With all of the snow we’ve gotten lately, it may be difficult for an animal to know that it’s walking on ice. Please do not let your dogs outside without a leash.”
Anyone who may be missing a dog in the area of Pond Street should call the Animal Control Officer at 508-230-3353.