Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Firefighters respond to ‘dog in water’ report

Owner and animal OK after emergency call in East Fork area


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

When the Ketchum Fire Department gets a call about a "dog in the water," emergency responders get to the scene as quickly as they can, especially since pet owners have a tendency to go into the water themselves to save their pets.

Such was the case Friday afternoon near Hyndman View Drive in the East Fork area. At about 2:15 p.m., the fire department got an emergency call about a dog in the East Fork of the Big Wood River. That call was followed by a second call that the owner of the animal had gone in the river after the animal.

Emergency responders from the nearby Greenhorn Station were dispatched to the scene and a "swift-water rescue" plan was put into effect. But shortly after they arrived, dog and dog owner showed up and both were fine.

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Fire Chief Mike Elle said the dog had gotten out mostly by itself and the owner had only waded in a short distance.

"We do animal rescues to keep the public from a greater danger," Elle said. "They reason is simply that if we don't respond, the owners will try to rescue the animal themselves rather than leaving it to us."

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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